Taylor Loiselle of Abbotsford is shown here at a War Amps CHAMP Seminar in 2010 (left) and today.

Taylor Loiselle of Abbotsford is shown here at a War Amps CHAMP Seminar in 2010 (left) and today.

Abbotsford family appreciates support of War Amps

Taylor Loiselle, 11, receives artificial limbs and recreational devices

An Abbotsford family is among those reflecting on the 100th anniversary of the War Amps.

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 Taylor Loiselle, 11, of Abbotsford.

Taylor was born a left-arm amputee and, as a member of the War Amps Child Amputee (CHAMP) Program, is eligible for financial assistance for artificial limbs and recreational devices.

She 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.

“With the support of the War Amps, Taylor has been fitted with artificial limbs that allow her to be independent and, through the seminars, she has met kids just like her,” says mom Amanda.

“It’s incredible that the association has been assisting amputees across the country for a century.”

Danita Chisholm, executive director of the CHAMP Program, said the public’s support of the Key Tag and Address Label Service ensures that vital programs for amputees carry on long into the future. The War Amps receives no government grants.

“Although The War Amps has provided 100 years of innovative programs, there is still much to do to ensure amputees like Taylor have the artificial limbs they need to lead full and active lives,” Chisholm said.