Abbotsford girl pedals with confidence thanks to War Amps

Amputee Taylor Wonnick receives devide that enables her to grip handlebar

Taylor Wonnick, a left-arm amputee from Abbotsford, was recently fitted with a device on her arm that enable her to ride her bike.

Being born a left-arm amputee hasn’t stopped Taylor Wonnick, 9, of Abbotsford from living a full and active life.

In fact, she can do what everyone else can do, sometimes with the help of a special device.

As a member of The War Amps Child Amputee (CHAMP) Program, Taylor is eligible to receive financial assistance for the cost of artificial limbs and recreational devices.

She also attends regional CHAMP seminars, where Champs and parents learn about the latest in artificial limbs, dealing with teasing and bullying, and parenting an amputee child.

Taylor enjoys biking and, thanks to support from The War Amps, was recently fitted with a device that allows her to hold onto the handlebar.

Amanda, Taylor’s mom, said the device has made a difference in her daughter’s life.

“By giving her more control over steering the bike, she’s able to concentrate on pedalling,” she said.

The War Amps encourages Champs to develop a positive attitude towards their amputation, and live life to their full potential.

“Taylor’s determination and zest for life is an inspiration to all,” said Danita Chisholm, executive director of the CHAMP Program.

“Thanks to the public’s support of the Key Tag Service, we are able to help young amputees like Taylor live full and active lives.”

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

Visit waramps.ca for more information.