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Children ready for amputee convention

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Kids around the world are getting ready for the convention that brings their unique group together-- child amputees.

The International Child Amputee Network convention starts next week in Baltimore. It's for kids with missing limbs and their families to learn the latest research, share stories and meet others just like them.

Heidi Burke, 9, who lost all four limbs as a little girl, says the conference helps her see what some may call a disability as a way to encourage others.

"I've made friends there. I'm finally taller than a few people there. It's great to see my friends and play games and have new ideas to so new things," Heidi said.

"The way they just open their arms or knees or whatever and accepted us, I can't even describe how wonderful it was. Just to spend a weekend with people who knew, and had been there and told us we were going to be OK," said Heidi's mom, Dawn.

This year, Heidi is raising money for her pen pal from England who's a double amputee to meet her at the conference.

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