Injured and ill 'soldier on' with the help of program
Published Sunday, March 29, 2009 4:54PM MDT
Soldiers who've been injured in combat or have suffered from illness are learning ways to live their lives to the fullest with the help of a program called Soldier-On.
The nationwide program recently took a handful of Edmonton-based soldiers on a four-day sports camp, teaching participants that they can still enjoy sports despite their physical limitations.
Major Mark Campbell, who lost his legs in a landmine explosion last summer, says the camp is helping him cope with his injury.
"One of the biggest benefits I found about the solider on program was the fact that you're not alone," said Campbell. "You meet with fellow disabled soldiers, trade stories...[and] tips for disabled living."
For Sgt. Karen McCoy who had one of her legs amputated after a battle with cancer, the camp helped her rise to new heights and climb a rock wall for the very first time.
"I've never done it because I was afraid to climb trees," she said. "I didn't think I could get that far up that wall or even come down, but I did it."
Warrant Officer Andrew McLean says the program helps soldiers realize that one of the biggest obstacles they need to overcome is in their mind.
"If you can get your brain to think you can do something more often than not, you'll have a lot of success," said McLean.
The Solider-On program is funded by the government and private donations. For more information click here.