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Local returns from amputation seminar

Reese Fichten pauses for a photo at the The War Amps 2012 Multiple Amputation Seminar in Toronto.  - Photo submitted
Reese Fichten pauses for a photo at the The War Amps 2012 Multiple Amputation Seminar in Toronto.
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Reese Fichten, 7, of Cranbrook, knows that being a multiple amputee is not a barrier to living a full and active life.

Born a multiple amputee, Reese recently returned home from The War Amps 2012 Multiple Amputation Seminar in Toronto with inspiration and valuable tips on independent living.

Enrolled in The War Amps Child Amputee (CHAMP) Program, Reese and other “Super Champs” – those missing multiple limbs or both upper limbs – attended the seminar from across Canada.

The War Amps holds regional CHAMP seminars, however, this special national seminar allows in-depth coverage of topics of particular concern to multiple amputees, such as living independently, learning to drive, assistive devices and, through The War Amps JUMPSTART, the importance of computers for schoolwork now and later success in the workforce.

Super Champs also demonstrate their artificial limbs and devices at the seminar.

CHAMP and all its programs are funded solely through public support of The War Amps Key Tag and Address Label Service.  For more information, call 1 800 250-3030 or visit waramps.ca.

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