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How one woman came to embrace her prosthetic leg as a gift

A woman who lost the lower part of her left leg in a workplace accident in New Brunswick will launch a new not-for-profit foundation to serve people with missing limbs.

Less is More foundation to launch in Charlottetown Saturday

Candance Carnahan will launch Less is More, a non-profit foundation to serve people with missing limbs in Charlottetown Saturday. (Submitted)

A woman who lost the lower part of her left leg in a workplace accident at a summer job in New Brunswick will launch a new not-for-profit foundation to serve people with missing limbs.

Candace Carnahan will launch Less is More in Charlottetown this weekend. 

She was 21 when the accident occurred.  

"When I got hurt, I didn't really want to associate with any other people with missing limbs or with a group, or I didn't want the label, amputee. I really moved away from all of that," she said.

"So it's kind of neat now that I'm quite a bit older and have been living almost half my life now with a prosthetic leg and I'm just seeing how much — I'm gonna say a gift. It really has been life-changing and it's offered me alot."

After the loss of part of her leg, Carnahan went on to become a public speaker, talking about the issue of workplace safety and sharing her personal story.

Saturday's launch will include a 20-kilometre walk. Carnahan said she will be trying on different prosthetic limbs during the walk as she prepares for an even bigger challenge in August. 

That is when she plans to trek the 800-kilometre Camino trail in Spain.

With files from Island Morning

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