Being a double-leg amputee hasn’t stopped Jericho Rodriguez, 14, of Markham, from living a full and active life.
In fact, he can do what everyone else can do, sometimes with the help of a special device.
He has always had a passion for sports and a love of hockey. Thanks to support from The War Amps, he recently received a sledge for playing hockey.
He is a member of The War Amps Child Amputee (CHAMP) Program and, as such, is eligible for financial assistance for artificial limbs and recreational devices.
Instead of wearing skates, he sits strapped with a two-blade sledge that is raised high enough to allow the puck to pass beneath.
“Hockey is a fantastic sport,” Rodriguez said. “It’s good exercise and a lot of fun with the guys.”
“To see Jericho participating in a sport he loves is awesome,” said dad, Jose. “Watching him play beyond these challenges, confirms that he can accomplish anything he sets his mind to,” added mom, Joy.
The Association encourages Champs to develop a positive attitude towards their amputation and try whatever activity they set their mind to.
“Jericho’s determination and zest for life are truly inspiring to everyone around him,” said 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 doesn’t receive any government grants. Its programs are made possible through public support of the Key Tag and Address Label Service.
Photo: Jericho Rodriguez on his new sledge that was funded thanks to public support of The War Amps.