MAITLAND -As the year comes to an end, the parents of one-year-old Vanessa Parsons, of Maitland, look back on the support they have received from The War Amps.
Vanessa was born a left arm amputee and, as a member of The War Amps Child Amputee (CHAMP) Program, is eligible for financial assistance for the cost of artificial limbs and recreational devices. She and her parents have also attended regional CHAMP seminars where they learn about the latest in artificial limbs, dealing with teasing and bullying, and parenting an amputee child.
"We attended our second CHAMP seminar this year and it provided us with incredible support," says mom Victoria. "It's comforting to talk to other parents and young amputees and to see that Vanessa's amputation won't be a barrier in her life."
The War Amps entered its second century of service this year, and there is still much to do to ensure amputees, like Vanessa, have the support they need. "The War Amps receives no government grants, but with the public's continued support of the Key Tag and Address Label Service, our vital programs for amputees will carry on long into the future," says Danita Chisholm, Executive Director of the CHAMP Program.