Burnaby boy helps War Amps celebrate 100 years

The War Amps’ 100th anniversary year-long celebration is coming to a close.

What began as an association to assist war amputee veterans returning from the First World War, has expanded its programs over the years to support all amputees, including Austin Elias of Burnaby.

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Now five years old, Austin was born a right-leg amputee and, as a member of the War Amps Child Amputee (CHAMP) Program, is eligible forfinancial assistance for artificial limbs and recreational devices. He also attends regional CHAMP seminars where “Champs” and their parents learn about the latest in artificial limbs, dealing with teasing and bullying and parenting an amputee child.

“We are so thankful for the support that The War Amps provides to Austin and our family. It’s comforting to know that they will be there every step of the way,” according to a letter from Austin’s parents. “What an incredible legacy these amputee veterans started a century ago.” 

Danita Chisholm, executive director of the CHAMP program, said in a news release: “Although the War Amps has provided 100 years of innovative programs, there is still much to do to ensure amputees like Austin have the artificial limbs they need to lead full and active lives. With the public’s support of the Key Tag and Address Label Service, our vital programs for amputees will carry on long into the future.”

The War Amps receives no government grants and its programs are possible through public support of the Key Tag and Address Label Service.



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