The War Amps is celebrating its 100th anniversary and a history of programs that began with assisting war amputees and now serves all amputees, including children.
The organization says the War Amps vital programs for amputees will carry on long into the future with the public’s continued support of the Key Tag Service.
Thirteen year old Rebecca Mideros – a member of The War Amps Child Amputee (CHAMP) Program and featured in the below embedded video “PLAYSAFE: Don’t Let It Happen to You” – provided the following ‘Letter to the Editor’:
Spot the danger before you play
I lost my right leg above the knee when I was four years old in a boating accident. I was standing up in a dinghy when it hit a big wave. I fell overboard and the motor injured my leg.
As a member of The War Amps Child Amputee (CHAMP) Program, I’m spreading the safety message and sharing my story in a new video, PLAYSAFE: Don’t Let It Happen to You.
With the help of seven other young amputees, I warn kids to spot the danger before they play and to be aware of “mean machines” like lawn mowers, trains, boats, cars and farm equipment. Whether you’re near, in or on the water, it’s good to stay alert. Accidents happen when you least expect it.
As the weather warms up and kids spend more time outside, I encourage parents, teachers and community group leaders to help me pass on the PLAYSAFE message. Please take some time to watch or download the video free-of-charge online at waramps.ca/playsafe.
Rebecca Mideros, 13
See more from Rebecca in the video below and learn about The War Amps 100-year history at waramps.ca.
Video / screencap & letter source: War Amps