Elijah Sulz of Courtenay and Roy Hemmerich of Comox are back from the War Amps 2012 BC Child Amputee (CHAMP) seminar in Victoria.
Sulz, 8, was born a right leg amputee, and Hemmerich, 15, a right arm amputee.
They attended the three-day War Amps 2012 BC Child Amputee (CHAMP) seminar in Victoria, which covered all aspects of growing up as an amputee. That included the latest developments in artificial limbs, parenting an amputee child, dealing with teasing and bullying, and learning the importance of staying active.
In the Amputees in Action session, Champs “accentuated the positive” by demonstrating their standard and recreational artificial limbs and devices to the group. Elijah demonstrated his waterproof swim fin attachment, as well as his weightlifting and kayaking device, and Roy demonstrated his bike attachment, ski arm, and hockey device.
As a junior counsellor, Roy “gave back” by answering questions and offering advice to young Champs; a role that embodies the War Amps philosophy of “amputees helping amputees.”
CHAMP is funded solely through public support of The War Amps Key Tag and Address Label Service. For more information, call 1-800-250-3030 or visit waramps.ca.
— War Amps