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Orillia boy can 'ride with confidence' thanks to War Amps

'Austin’s positive attitude and determination is an inspiration to all,' said CHAMP program official of 11-year-old Orillia boy
Eleven-year-old Austin Walker of Orillia is a member of The War Amps Child Amputee (CHAMP) Program

Being an amputee is not a barrier to living a full and active life. With the help of artificial limbs and special devices, young amputees like Austin Walker, 11, of Orillia can take part in their favourite activities.

Austin was born missing part of both hands, and as a member of The War Amps Child Amputee (CHAMP) Program, is eligible for financial assistance for artificial limbs and recreational devices.

Austin enjoys riding a bike and was recently fitted with a device that allows him to hold onto the handlebar. His parents say the bike device has allowed him to ride with confidence and keep up with his friends.

“Nothing holds Austin back,” said mom, Heather. “He is just as capable as anyone else and he doesn’t let his amputation stop him from living an active and fulfilling life.”  

The Association encourages Champs to develop a positive attitude towards their amputation and try whatever activity they set their mind to.

“Austin’s positive attitude and determination is an inspiration to all,” said Danita Chisholm, executive director, CHAMP Program. “Thanks to the public’s support of The War Amps Key Tag Service, we are able to help young amputees reach their goals.”

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



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