To the Editor:
A few years ago, I made a decision that would change my life forever. I was playing by the railway tracks with my friends when I decided to hop onto a moving train. I fell off and my left leg went under the wheels. Doctors tried to save my leg but they couldn’t.
As a member of The War Amps Child Amputee (CHAMP) Program, I’m spreading the safety message and sharing my story in a new video, PLAYSAFE: Don’t Let It Happen to You.
With the help of seven other young amputees, I warn kids to spot the danger before they play and to be aware of “mean machines” like lawn mowers, trains, boats, cars and farm equipment. If I could say anything to kids that are thinking of jumping onto a train or playing near the railroads because it seems like fun or just because your friends do it – don’t do it!
As the weather warms up and kids spend more time outside, I encourage parents, teachers and community group leaders to help me pass on the PLAYSAFE message. Please take some time to watch or download the video free-of-charge online at waramps.ca/playsafe.
Kennedy Rhodes, 15