I was born with a partial left hand and was enrolled in The War Amps Child Amputee (CHAMP) Program when I was 6 months old. I have been a “Champ” ever since.
On a recent weekend, I had the opportunity to attend The War Amps 2014 BC CHAMP Seminar in Victoria as a Junior Counsellor.
Junior Counsellors are representatives of The War Amps and role models for younger Champs as they too grow up in the CHAMP Program. I was able to help out with the Seminar during the many sessions and talk to the parents of new child amputees.
As a younger Champ, I always looked up to the Junior Counsellors, and I knew I wanted to be one as soon as I was old enough. They helped teach me everything from tying my shoes and putting up my hair to being proud of my amputation. This year was my second year as a Junior Counsellor and I had so much fun! Being a Junior Counsellor is a great way for me to give back to CHAMP for the years of support they’ve given me.
Growing up with CHAMP has helped me overcome obstacles, such as bullying, and helped me set the bar high by providing devices that let me take part in my favourite activities.
As someone who has benefitted, I would like to thank all of you who support The War Amps Key Tag Service, which has made these programs possible for young amputees like me.
Nicole Byford, Age 15
CHAMP Junior Counsellor, Cranbrook, B.C.