When Dylan was nine months old, he developed bacterial meningitis. The lack of blood flow to his limbs resulted in the loss of his left leg below the knee, his right foot and part of his right hand.
During the long road to recovery, his parents were very worried about his future. The rehab doctor knew they needed to be in touch with The War Amps Child Amputee (CHAMP) Program, and she told them how.
When they went to their first CHAMP Seminar, Dylan’s parents realized that they were not alone. They met other parents with similar experiences and Dylan met other kids with amputations – just like him.
In addition to the seminars, The War Amps has provided waterproof artificial legs so that Dylan has balance while swimming and safety on wet surfaces like the shower. He can go on rides with his friends thanks to his adaptive bicycle (which also helps him with mobility), and take part in his new favourite sport – sledge hockey – using a device to help him hold the stick.
It’s hard for us to put into words how grateful we are to supporters of the Key Tag Service. Without this, we wouldn’t be able to afford Dylan’s artificial limbs or have the support system that is our CHAMP family. We want you to know that your key tags really are at work for Dylan and so many other children like him. Denise and Allen, Dylan’s parents
Your support makes a difference in the lives of child amputees like Dylan.