So you think you have it bad? There is a quote that comes to mind, “I felt sorry for myself because I had no shoes until I saw a man who had no feet.” The lesson that we must teach our children is that no matter what difficulties come our way in life, we can overcome them with the right attitude.
Today’s post is about another hero and she has an attitude that will knock your socks off. Her name is Amy Purdy and in 1999, she contracted bacterial meningitis. She was 19 years old at the time and the doctors gave her less than a 2% chance to live. As unbelievable as it may seem, Amy Purdy survived but lost both of her legs below the knee. She later needed a kidney transplant, which she received from her father a week before her twenty-first birthday.
Amy Purdy had been an avid snow boarder before the meningitis. She wanted to compete in the sport again but there were no prosthetic legs available that would help. What did she do? She built her own! Amy co-founded Adaptive Action Sports which a non-profit organization that introduces people with physical challenges to action sports. Amy was instrumental in advocating the inclusion of snowboarding into the 2014 Paralympic Games.
All of the details of Amy Purdy’s biography pale in comparison to her enthusiasm and courage. They say a picture is worth a thousand words. In this case, a video is worth thousands of words. In addition to everything else that Amy does, Amy Purdy dances. I mean she really dances. Amy and her partner Derek Hough competed in Dancing with The Stars.
If you or someone you know need some true inspiration, this video of Amy Purdy promises exactly that!
Amy Purdy is not handicapped!
As you watch, think about the words of Amy Purdy, “I can still do the stuff that I love, I just have to do it differently.”
Amy Purdy is our newest hero!
Sometimes there is good news and sometimes there is some not so good news and that makes me feel sad. I know we can’t always hear about happy things but sometimes that’s exactly what we need. Today was one of those days for me because I felt a little sad about something. Then my mom and I watched the Ellen show and what we saw made us cry happy tears and now we both feel happy. I want you to know the story about Keenia Williams so that it can make you happy but also because maybe you can help her.
Keenia Williams’ daughter thinks she is a super hero and with good reason. On two different occasions over several years, Keenia Williams happened to be in the vicinity of serious car accidents. How she reacted showed great courage, strength and love for her fellow man. She managed to get the accident victims out of a tangled car and burning truck in order to save them. With almost super human strength, she saved their lives. Keenia made her daughter proud enough to tell anyone and everyone about her “super hero” mom.
Keenia said that she didn’t have the best life growing up. She said she wouldn’t change any of it because it helped her to be strong. Keenia said that her life has helped her to teach her daughter not to be selfish and to appreciate everything she is given. She said, “All I want to do is provide for my daughter.” If you watch the video below, you will understand why we want to add her to our Wall of Heroes.
Keenia is having a difficult time earning money in her area and is trying to get a job. PLEASE! If you know of anyone who might be able to help her get a job, you can you can read the next paragraph from Ellen’s show and do something to help her.
“Ellen met Keenia and was astounded by her spirit. Keenia is looking for work in the San Francisco area. Her dream is to work with at-risk youth and to help them get back on their feet. She has experience working with non-profit organizations and would certainly make an amazing addition to any organization. If you have a job for Keenia, or any leads she should know about, send them to us right here. “
Keenia Williams is the newest member on my wall of heroes. Partly because she saved those two people but even more because of the way she is mothering her daughter. That little girl may not have all the money that she might want but she sure has a great start to her life with one of the best mothers ever!
Keenia Williams you go girl! You are my hero too and that’s why you are on Rugby’s Hero Wall!