Leelan Brayford, 2, is a member of The War Amps CHAMP Program. Photo Submitted

Leelan Brayford, 2, is a member of The War Amps CHAMP Program. Photo Submitted

Clive family reflects on War Amps 100th anniversary

Leelan was born a right arm amputee and is a member of The War Amps Child Amputee (CHAMP) Program

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 Leelan Brayford, 2, of Clive.

Leelan was born a right 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. 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.

“The War Amps is an amazing support to our family. The seminars provide an encouraging environment, which is already instilling a positive attitude in Leelan,” says mom, Jeanna. “We are so grateful to be part of this organization which has been helping amputees for the last century.”

Executive Director of the CHAMP Program, Danita Chisholm says, “Although The War Amps has provided 100 years of innovative programs, there is still much to do to ensure amputees like Leelan 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.

-Submitted by the War Amps Child Amputee (CHAMP) Program