Jessica Cox is one amazing woman and, as a motivational speaker who leads by example, she is a full subscriber to the Not Impossible mission of "Help One. Help Many."
Sometimes, the best tech is what's inside us, what motivates us when barriers are placed in our way. As the optometrist in the above clip states, "I think you are a big inspiration. In fact, every time there's something that seems impossible, I think about you and those days putting on those contact [lenses] and I'm just amazed."
When we first reported Jessica's amazing adventures [see "Related Post" below] we only knew a few facts about her. Here's a couple more:
- Jessica’s parents met a martial arts instructor named Jim Cunningham. His response when told of her birth condition was that only her attitude could hold her back. At the age of 14, Jessica earned her first Black Belt in Taekwondo.
- Jessica then inspired the American Taekwondo Association (ATA) to create a curriculum that would be accessible to any future armless students. Jessica then became the first armless person to earn a black belt in the ATA.
- After graduating from high school, Jessica attended the University of Arizona where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology.
- Jessica is a certified scuba diver.
- Jessica’s most famous accomplishment was learning how to fly. It took three states, four airplanes, two flight instructors and a discouraging year to find the right aircraft.
- She received the Guinness World Record for being the first person certified to fly an airplane with only their feet.
- And received Plane and Pilot magazine’s 10 Best Pilots of 2013
Jessica is currently working with Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Nick Spark to finish the documentary Right Footed, here's the film's trailer:
You can support the film through their Indiegogo campaign, here. The campaign ends on November 17, 2014 and can help inspire anyone facing adversities. The film's director made the following statement, with which we're sure many can find empathy:
The film obviously speaks to the one out of every five Americans who has a permanent or temporary form of disability. Despite real strides in America’s classrooms in terms of accessibility, prejudice, bullying and marginalization of the handicapped are still a reality. At the same time, Jessica’s struggle to overcome feelings of alienation and self-loathing is something many able-bodied people, particularly teenage girls, can identify with. We envision RIGHT FOOTED as an activist film that promotes the idea that disability does not mean inability, while simultaneously advocating for social acceptance of all those who are “different.”
If you have a question for Jessica - feel free to email her here or post it in the comments below.