Born without limbs for no medical reason, Nick Vujicic knew from an early age that he was different.
But it wasn’t until much later, after overcoming ignorance and discrimination to build what he calls a “ridiculously good” life, that he realized his mission: to use his “disability” to start conversations that change lives.
Jen Bricker was born without legs—and left at the hospital by her biological parents. But after being adopted by a wonderful, loving family, she enjoyed what was (by any standard other than physical) a regular childhood.
She became obsessed with gymnastics, idolizing American gold-medalist Dominique Moceanu. And because she had never been told she “couldn’t” do something, Jen herself began to compete. Seemingly against all odds, Jen went on to defeat able-bodied athletes and become a State Champion in power tumbling.
After a horrible accident with a boat propeller at age 14, Todd Huston fought hard through a number of surgeries to try to keep his legs. Bone disease eventually robbed him of one of them… But it couldn’t dampen his spirit.
As an adult he set a world record by climbing to the highest elevations in every American state—50 mountains in all—in a little less than 67 days… More than a month faster than any “able-bodied” climber had managed to do it!
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