For the past few weeks, my Monday nights have been dedicated to watching Dancing With the Stars. To be honest, I can’t say that it’s a show I would normally watch, however, with Paralympian Amy Purdy as a contestant, I can’t get enough of it.
Unless her pant legs are rolled up, you can’t even notice that she has two prosthetic legs. At the young age of 19 Purdy had both legs amputated after contracting meningitis. Although it was a devastating loss, she didn’t let it stop her. Purdy is a three-time World Cup Para-Snowboarder winner, a bronze metal winner at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games, she’s played a model in a Madonna music video, a contestant on Amazing Race and she’s currently competing on Dancing With the Stars.
Purdy says “I can live a great life,” and she certainly has. When she dances with her partner, Derek Hough, she’s showing many individuals with disabilities that it is possible. With dedication and determination you can achieve great things. In this video, it shows a clip of Purdy dancing to a song with partner Derek Hough. Together, they perform a dance that represents the experience she had when she was 19, learning to stand on her prosthetic legs. She explained that with the help of her father, she learned to dance even before she walked. Look at how far she has come and what an inspiration she is to watch dance.
Purdy is also the Co-Founder of Adaptive Action Sports, a non-profit organization which helps disabled youth, adults and wounded veterans get involved in action sports. With events, programs and sport camps for those living with permanent physical disabilities. This organization is a great way to help get these individuals involved in action sports and achieve goals and dreams like Purdy has.