A fantastic promo for the 2016 Rio Paralympics, packed with amazingly capable people who have overcome physical hardships that could crush one’s spirit, but instead inspired these folks to excel. Be sure to watch the in-depth profile videos too. (Accessible versions here).
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An injury derailed Devin Williams’ dream of playing high level college hoops, and he ended up in an art university. End of story? Nope. A class assignment unlocked his eye for filmmaking and teaching. Now he’s a YouTube star who has positively impacted many lives.
This feral kitten named Cassidy was born without rear paws, but thanks to the fine folks at TinyKittens, he’s doing quite well. After trying prosthetics and a wheelchair rig, Cassidy has a new conveyance that he loves best. He owes Shark Roomba Cat a debt of gratitude.
Iraq war veteran Justin Anderson has faced serious hardships, including an amputated leg and a battle with brain cancer. But that hasn’t stopped him from helping others. Brian has modified his off-road wheelchair so he can plow the snow from his neighbors’ sidewalks.
Army veteran Ian Parkinson lost both of his legs while protecting our freedom. If that weren’t daunting enough, Ian loves skateboarding. After a long recovery, he has found his way back to the skate park once more, thanks to his astoundingly positive attitude. (Thanks Nick!)
After a tragic accident, Jason Barnes had his hand and wrist amputated. As if that weren’t challenging enough, Jason plays the drums. But thanks to Gil Weinberg, and the Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology, he can play entirely new styles with his new robotic hand.
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