Sometimes, the only thing that keeps people from reaching their dreams is their own excuses. But for this young ballerina born without arms, these “excuses” are no match for hard work and confidence. From a young age, Vitória Bueno of Santa Rita do Sapucaí, Brazil, has demonstrated an interest in dancing. So when her physiotherapist
A new Toyota ad featuring Paralympian Jessica Long’s life story is tugging at the heartstrings of many. Long—who has already won 23 medals, including 13 golds—is the second-most decorated Paralympian in U.S. history. The Toyota commercial featuring her incredible journey debuted during the Super Bowl, which aired on Sunday. The touching spot shows Long—who was
The other half of a famous married couple has sadly succumbed to COVID-19. Keeping a marriage intact is a difficult task in itself, which made the 25-year marriage of Maryanne and Tommy Pilling all the more remarkable. Married in 1995, the couple from Shoeburyness in Essex became the first pair with Down syndrome to marry
Chris Nikic is a strong-willed young man. If he says he’ll do something, he’ll follow through no matter how tough the circumstances. That’s exactly what he did last Saturday when he made history as the first Ironman triathlon finisher with Down syndrome. The grueling race comprised a 2.4-mile swim, 26.2-mile run, and a 112-mile bike ride,
This couple proves that making even the smallest changes can lead to achieving massive results. Stephanie Engblom, 25, and her husband, Brandon Engblom, 29, looked in the mirror one day and realized they were at one of their “lowest lows.” The pair each weighed over 300 pounds. Brandon had just been diagnosed with sleep apnea,
Although faced with the hardest battle of her young life, this teenage girl from Syracuse, Utah, never once let her spirit dwindle even after a double leg amputation. Sarah Frei, 17, and her friends were on their way home from Bear Lake in July when the unthinkable happened. A truck coming from the opposite direction
Amid the coronavirus pandemic, we see people engaging in different activities to maintain a sense of normalcy. Our social media feeds nowadays seem to be filled with family and friends trying their hand at cooking and baking, making time to declutter their homes, or doing home workouts. Everyone is just trying to get by each
If one wants to achieve something, it is important to be motivated and work hard on his goal. This is exactly what Jared Ream did when he tried to lose weight. Apart from health reasons, what encouraged him more was his desire to ride Orion, a new roller coaster ride at King Islands amusement park.
Lighting is crucial in any photo shoot, but when Grace Strobel, 23, strikes a pose, the whole room lights up with pure happiness. Strobel’s professional career in modeling propelled her to magazine covers, campaigns, and 9,972 Instagram and 17,466 Facebook followers. But Grace is not your typical model — she has Down syndrome and certified advocate!
For most people, the process of growing older is associated with the concept of getting weaker. Exercising unfortunately is not a part of their daily regimen. But this is far from the case of this 83-year-old woman who still works out and keeps her body in shape. Meet Ernestine Shepherd, one of the world’s oldest
Psychologists say that immersing yourself with a hobby is vital to your health. As it turned out, our hobbies help in relieving our stress, prevent us from forming bad habits, and aid in promoting mindfulness. But the activities that bring joy into our life can also make a huge difference in the life of others.
As this woman gradually loses weight, her life begins changing in more ways than one. Vicki Carter is the epitome of a strong woman. For nearly two decades, she was held as a prisoner in her own body. But when she almost reached a breaking point, Vicki realized that she needed to take back her