Jaxson Linn, left, Grace Johnson and Julianna Brohman the 2019 BC CHAMP Seminar. (Contributed)

Sooke CHAMP forms friendships at War Amps seminar

Seminars a ‘powerful experience’ for children

For more than 100 years, The War Amps has been making a difference in the lives of amputees including Julianna Brohman, 6, of Sooke, Jaxson Linn, 7, of Mission, and Grace Johnson, 7, of Chemainus.

Julianna, born a right arm amputee, Jaxson, a right hand amputee, and Grace, born a double arm amputee, are members of The War Amps Child Amputee Program, also known as CHAMP.

They became friends at the recent 2019 B.C. CHAMP seminar in Richmond.

“The seminars provide a lot of useful information on amputation but, equally important, they are a place where special bonds are formed,” said Julianna’s mom, Cristina.

“Julianna had so much fun with her fellow CHAMPs this weekend, and it’s a reminder that there are other kids just like her.”

At CHAMP seminars, young amputees and their parents learn about the latest in artificial limbs, dealing with teasing and staring and parenting an amputee child.

The seminar is also an opportunity for child amputees and their families to connect and share similar experiences about living with amputation.

“Seminars are a powerful experience, as CHAMPs and parents learn they are not alone,” said Danita Chisholm, executive director of the CHAMP program.

“Thanks to the public’s support of the Key Tag and Address Label Service, we are able to bring young amputees like Julianna, Jaxson and Grace together, as well as provide financial assistance for the cost of artificial limbs.”


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