Cranbrook girl helps mark War Amps anniversary

Nicole Byford, 14, is back from The War Amps 2013 BC Child Amputee (CHAMP) Seminar in Vancouver.

Nicole Byford

Nicole Byford

Nicole Byford, 14, is back from The War Amps 2013 BC Child Amputee (CHAMP) Seminar in Vancouver.  The seminar brought together child amputees from across the province while also honouring the Association’s 95th anniversary.

Born missing part of her left hand, Nicole attended the three-day seminar, which included sessions on the latest developments in artificial limbs, parenting an amputee child, and dealing with teasing and bullying.

The opening session paid tribute to the long history of The War Amps, and its continuing legacy of “amputees helping amputees.”

Nicole was a Junior Counsellor to the younger Champs, acting as a role model and offering advice. A highlight at the seminar was the Amputees in Action session, where Champs demonstrated their standard and recreational artificial limbs and devices to the group.

CHAMP is 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.