When She Was 19, She Lost Both Of Her Legs. 17 Years Later, She Dances, Models, Snowboards And Generally Kicks Ass.

Inspiration is contagious.

Remember that time you gave up on something because you didn't believe that it was possible? Maybe it was that acting class you were passionate about, or that job you wanted, or even that guy or girl at the bar you almost said "hi" to.

We kill our dreams every day just because we think we can't do it. But this woman proves that quitting doesn't have to be the answer — no matter how long the odds.


At the age of 19, Amy Purdy contracted a form of bacterial meningitis. After her condition worsened, doctors had to remove both of her kidneys, her spleen and amputate both of her legs below the knee. She lost the ability to walk, let alone pursue her love of snowboarding. Or so it would seem.

But Amy didn't let this setback stop her.

Seven months later, she was on the board again.

And not only that. Purdy is a 2014 Paralympic bronze medalist, a model, a clothing designer, a motivational speaker, an author, and a dancer. One thing she clearly is not: a quitter. She's a winner in heels. 

"Everybody has tragedy at some point in their lives. It's not whether you have it or you don't have it. It's where you go with it," Purdy says.

Being a true source of inspiration, Purdy is also the main figure behind this year's Toyota Super Bowl #OneBoldChance campaign. In one of the ads, she is channeling her badass attitude set to Muhammad Ali's 1974 speech.

In fact, Amy's story reminds us of another incredible woman, musician and model Viktoria Modesta, who chose to have one of her legs amputated at the knee in hopes it would fix mobility problems incident to an injury she suffered at birth. Now, she wittily calls herself "bionic woman" and has earned the title of the "world's first bionic pop star."

Both these women send a powerful message to the world that regardless of who you are, where you come from, or how you look, there is nothing greater than the power of will.

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