'It's important to treat everyone the same': N.S. girl raises awareness about amputees
Published Wednesday, July 13, 2016 6:06PM ADT
Last Updated Thursday, July 14, 2016 10:22AM ADT
A young Nova Scotia girl is speaking out to raise awareness about amputees.
Seven-year-old Chloe Dunbar was born missing a portion of her right arm.
“It was a complete surprise to everybody, they hadn't picked it up in the ultra-sound,” says Alan Dill, Chloe’s grandfather.
That hasn't stopped her from enjoying life.
“She's just a little girl to be proud of,” says Dill.
Especially with the way Dunbar stood up to bullies at her school, after they tormented her about her prosthetic arm
“As soon as she started school, the kids were staring at her, they weren't comfortable with it I guess,” says Dill.
“They were saying that it's weird and dumb,” says Dunbar. “It's important to treat everyone the same."
That experience inspired Dunbar to make a difference. She wanted her classmates to know she is just like them, so she started to raise awareness for amputees.
Dunbar made a presentation about her arm in front of 200 students.
“I told them that a shark bit my arm off,” jokes Dunbar. “They took it seriously.”
Dunbar hopes other amputees share also their stories, because she says it's important for everyone to know it's ok to live with an amputation.
“She is just going to keep progressing, just seems like that’s what she wants to do,” says Dill.
The municipality of West Hants even awarded her with a certificate of recognition for her positive impact on the community.
“It's important for kids to play safe,” says Dunbar.
With files from CTV Atlantic's Suzette Belliveau