As the year-long celebration for The War Amps’ 100th anniversary winds to a close, the organization is shining a spotlight on the support offered to a Beaverton youngster and his family.
What began as an association to assist war amputee veterans returning from the First World War, The War Amps has expanded its programs over the years to support all amputees, including seven-year-old Nathan Tozer.
Nathan was born a partial left hand amputee. As a member of The War Amps Child Amputee (CHAMP) Program, Nathan is eligible for financial assistance for artificial limbs and recreational devices. He also attends regional CHAMP seminars where children and their parents learn about the latest in artificial limbs,as well as issues such as dealing with teasing and bullying and parenting an amputee child.
“The War Amps is providing Nathan and our family with invaluable support. At the seminars, parents can share personal experiences and advice to help each other overcome the unique challenges of raising a child amputee,” said his mom, Crystal, in a media release.
“We are so grateful to be part of this organization which has been helping amputees across the country over the last century.”
The War Amps receives no government grants and its programs are possible through public support of the its fundraising initiatives, such as its key tag and address label services.
“Although The War Amps has provided 100 years of innovative programs, there is still much to do to ensure amputees 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,” said Danita Chisholm, executive director of the CHAMP program.
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