Donations help young amputees

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I am a left arm amputee and a graduate member of The War Amps Child Amputee (CHAMP) Program. I was recently fitted with an artificial arm thanks to public support of The War Amps Key Tag Service.

My arm is great in practicality and functionality. The hand can detach from the arm and be replaced with a wide variety of attachments, such as for biking, allowing me to take part in activities with ease.

2016 marks the 70th anniversary of The War Amps Key Tag Service and to date, more than 1.5 million sets of lost keys have been returned to their owners.

Although it is a free service, donations provide young amputees with financial assistance for artificial limbs and, while growing up, allow us to go to regional seminars where we learn about the latest in artificial limbs and meet others just like us. I am now able to give back at seminars by being there to help new Champs and their parents.

We appreciate everyone who has supported The War Amps Key Tag Service, which has helped Canadian amputees like me for the past 70 years.

Matthew Handrahan, 22,


Organizations: War Amps Key Tag Service

Geographic location: Charlottetown

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