With Christmas just around the corner, Elora Klassen, a thirteen-year-old from Manitoba, was excited to receive a new gift that will help her stay active and enjoy her favorite pastime.

Elora is missing her left foot, and as a member of The War Amps Child Amputee (CHAMP) Program, is eligible for financial assistance for the cost of artificial limbs and recreational devices.

Elora likes horseback riding and was recently fitted with a special prosthesis that allows her to ride comfortably and safely.

“This device lets my leg move more easily when horseback riding,” says Elora. “It has a good connection with the horse, puts my foot in the correct position for riding and most importantly it alleviates the discomfort in my hip and knee. I just want to say thank you to The War Amps for providing me with the means to ride with greater ease and enjoy the experience even more.”

The Association encourages Champs to develop a positive attitude towards their amputation and try any activity they set their minds to. “Elora’s determination and zest for life is an inspiration to all around her,” says Danita Chisholm, Executive Director, CHAMP Program. “Thanks to the public’s support of The War Amps Key Tag Service, we are able to help young amputees reach their goals.”

The War Amps receives no government grants; its programs are made possible through public support of the Key Tag Service.