Jaxson Linn, 4, of Mission has returned from The War Amps 2016 BC Child Amputee (CHAMP) Seminar in Victoria.
The seminar brought together child amputees from across the province while also marking the 70th anniversary of The War Amps key tag service.
Linn is a right-hand amputee and, as a Champ, is eligible to receive financial assistance for the cost of artificial limbs and devices. By attending seminars, Champs and parents learn about the latest in artificial limbs, dealing with teasing and bullying and parenting an amputee child.
“The seminars have been a great way to meet others just like Jaxson, and as he grows up, he will have a support group that will be there every step of the way,” said his mom, Trish.
The War Amps Key Tag Service was launched in 1946 so that returning war amputees could work for competitive wages and a service could be provided to Canadians that would generate funds for the association’s many programs.
The Key Tag Service continues to employ amputees and people with disabilities, and has returned more than 1.5 million sets of lost keys.