As The War Amps 2017 Key Tags are mailed across Ontario, local residents may spot a familiar face in the accompanying brochure.
Leah Neumann, 12, of Tichborne, was born a right arm amputee, and is a member of The War Amps Child Amputee (CHAMP) Program. As a Champ, she is eligible to receive financial assistance for the cost of artificial limbs, counselling and attend regional CHAMP seminars.
At the News, we've watched Leah grow up, and along the way new devices, such as new arms as she grew so she could always tool aroud on her bike, and a device she got in 2015 so she can hold a hockey stick and play with the Frontenac Fury. Fund-raising makes all this possible for her.
Each key tag has a confidentially coded number so if you lose your keys, the finder can call the toll-free number on the back of the tag or deposit them in any mailbox and The War Amps will return them to you by courier, free of charge.
The War Amps receives no government grants. Its many programs, including CHAMP, exist thanks to public support of the Key Tag Service. If you have not received key tags, they can be ordered at waramps.ca or by calling 1 800 250-3030.