Tanner Jung, 17, is the youngest player on the Canadian national U23 men’s wheelchair basketball team, that’s headed to Germany for training and exhibition games the first week of May, in preparation for the world championships in Toronto in June. Troy Landreville Langley Times

Langley teen ‘Champ,’ back from provincial seminar

Tanner Jung learns about the latest in artificial limbs at seminar in Victoria

A Langley ‘Champ’ gained some valuable insight in B.C.’s capital recently.

Tanner Jung, 18, attended the The War Amps 2018 BC Child Amputee (CHAMP) seminar in Victoria. The seminar brought together child amputees from across the province while also marking the 100th anniversary of The War Amps.

Jung is a right leg amputee and as a ‘Champ’ is eligible to receive financial assistance for the cost of artificial limbs and recreational devices. By attending seminars, ‘Champs’ and parents learn about the latest in artificial limbs, dealing with teasing and bullying, and parenting an amputee child.

Multiple surgeries

Jung was born with proximal femoral focal deficiency (PFFD), basically a short femur and no hip socket on one side.

He underwent major surgery, called Van Nes Rotation Plasty, when he was four.

“We placed a rod in his leg and turned it 180 degrees — yes, that puts the foot backwards and his ankle is now his new knee… through much therapy and many adjustments, he now wears a prosthetic,” his mom Nadene explained.

“A year later we did the work on his hip socket.

“He has had multiple surgeries as he has grown but has (so) mastered wearing a prosthetic since the younger days, that I tend to forget he has only one leg.”

Jung was recently diagnosed with scoliosis, “which is just another little hurdle he will master,” Nadene said.

When Jung found wheelchair basketball at age 13, he found his niche, playing for both the B.C. and national teams.

“After I started wheelchair basketball, I’ve never regretted playing,” Jung said.

“I’ve always loved it.”

• SEE RELATED STORY

About the War Amps

The War Amps was started by amputee veterans returning from the First World War to help each other adapt to their new reality and advocate for seriously disabled veterans. With a philosophy of “amputees helping amputees,” they welcomed the next generation of war amputees following the Second World War and established the Key Tag Service to gain meaningful employment and provide a service to the public. Later, recognizing that their experience could help others, they developed programs to serve all amputees, including children.

CHAMP program executive director Danita Chisholm says, “Although the Association has developed many innovative and unique programs over the past 100 years, there is still much to do to ensure amputees, like Tanner, have the artificial limbs they need to lead full and active lives. With the public’s support of the Key Tag and Address Label Service, our vital programs for amputees will carry on long into the future.”

Just Posted

Half million dollars change Langley couple’s life

Richard and Frances Laidlaw contemplate travel and moving

Liberal hopeful aims to claim candidate spot in Langley-Aldergrove

Leon Jensen was the 2015 candidate in Langley-Aldergrove.

LETTER: Fort Langley driver lobbies for roundabout signalling

ICBC rules call for drivers to signal when exiting roundabouts.

South Langley community group wants to talk innovative housing

Brookswood-Fernridge Community Association invites people to a meeting about the future of housing.

GREEN BEAT: Opening ‘new roads’ in Langley makes cycling safer

HUB Langley pushed to ‘UnGap the Map’ and create more bike infrastructure throughout the community.

VIDEO: The ‘most cosmopolitan’ of butterflies could migrate to B.C.

The painted lady butterfly will likely arrive this summer from Southern California

Pedestrian killed, two injured in three-vehicle crash in Coquitlam

Road closures in effect following collision

Is it a homicide? B.C. woman dies in hospital, seven months after being shot

Stepfather think Chilliwack case should now be a homicide, but IHIT has not confirmed anything

Sources say Trudeau rejected Wilson-Raybould’s conservative pick for high court

Wilson-Raybould said Monday “there was no conflict between the PM and myself”

First Nations public art piece stolen in Nanaimo

Spindle Whorl went missing over the weekend, according to Nanaimo RCMP

Father-son duo at B.C. Children’s Hospital helps new dads fight depression

The pair teamed up to introduce the only known research-based mindfulness workshop for new dads

Mexican restaurant in B.C. told to take down Mexican flag

General manager of Primo’s Mexican Grill in White Rock: ‘I’ve never heard of anything like this’

B.C. NDP moves to provide tax credits, tax cut for LNG Canada

Provincial sales tax break of $596 million repayable after construction

COLUMN: Smart phone too powerful a tool to yank from students’ hands

Rather than ban them from schools, let’s teach kids to harness their phone’s power and use it properly

Most Read