They blossomed to explore the hidden celebrity in themselves, they influenced our culture by striking revolutions and overall, they actualized us that WE CAN DO IT to live out on our dreams, despite of physical barriers. Topyaps salutes the ten daredevils who overcame their impairments and impacted the society with their personal intuition and extraordinary acts.
A lady of sheer determination, Sudha Chandran is counted among one of the most celebrated Bharatanatyam dancers of the Indian subcontinent. Holder of master degree in Economics, her right leg was amputated in 1981, due to Gangrene but this lady of incredible will-power defeated her impairment and fixed an artificial leg. After slow down of two years, she was back in her profession with the thunderous applause across the world. Apart from her dancing skills, she is also known for her astounding performances in Indian movies and television series.
What more can I say about this dynamic and inspiring soul? This multi-instrumental musician was born blind on March 10, 1988, along with crippled limbs. An inborn patient of bilateral anophthalmia and hip dysplasia, Hughes was backed up by his father, who introduced him to piano at the early age of nine months. Hughes was spotlighted by media, when in 2006, as a student of University of Louisville, he played trumpet in the Louisville Marching Band where his father was pushing him on a wheelchair. After the exposure of his extraordinary talent, he was subsequently invited to perform across the country.
Chuck out the barriers and go ahead !! Elizabeth Murray was born on September 23, 1980, to drug addicted parents in a filthy apartment of New York. At the early age of 15, this girl became roofless when her mother died of AIDS and father moved to a homeless shelter. Sometimes on park benches and sometimes on subways, she spent her nights in extremely baneful environments but she never missed the chance to read encyclopedias, recovered from the public trash boxes. Driven by persistence and obsession for hard work, she never surrendered in her way and finally she got listed in the Harvard University. Presently, Liz is an eminent inspirational speaker as well as director of a company, which empower grownups to make something innovative in their lives.
It’s not about how to achieve your dreams, it’s about how to lead your life, … If you lead your life the right way, the karma will take care of itself, the dreams will come to you. Professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon University, Randy Pausch became the victim of pancreatic cancer in September 2006 and died on July 25, 2008, due to its complications. The thing which made him famous was his one-of-a-kind lecture, Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams, delivered on September 18, 2007, at CMU auditorium. His flashing performance and a clean-cut approach to experience the life was watched by millions of Internet viewers, which became a sensation between international media and later, it was converted in a book, which has been translated in 35 different languages.
Considered as a medical wonder, Sean Swarner has defeated the two deadly stages of cancer, Hodgkin’s disease and Askin’s sarcoma, respectively at the ages of 13 and 15. A live validation of victory over all odds, Sean is the first cancer survivor to climb the torturous Mount Everest, despite of life threatening circumstances. However, he still says, Frankly I don’t know why I’m alive, but this daredevil never misses a chance to participate in presentations and expeditions, organized to give hope to the cancer patients.
Well known for being the first pilot to fly a plane using only feet, Jessica Cox was born without arms but this deficiency was ineffective to stop this wonder lady from capturing her goals. A graduate in psychology, holder of two black belts in Taekwondo, fond of fast driving, Jessica can also type 25 words/minute on computer and surprisingly she can put contact lenses in eyes, using her feet. She also works as a motivational speaker and encourages disable people to change their stereotyped mentality.
One of the most celebrated phenomenon among romantic and classical composers, Beethoven was born in the family of musicians in Germany. During the adolescent, his hearing ability began to deteriorate and later he became completely deaf but this disability didn’t trespassed his caliber of composing. Promoter of the modern symphony orchestra, Beethoven has established himself as a master legend in the musical arena.
Inspiration of a movie The Miracle Worker, Helen Keller was the first deaf and blind person to earn the degree of Bachelor of Arts. She was also an authoritative member of the Socialist Party of America where she openly criticized the policies of Woodrow Wilson. An illustrious author of 12 books and winner of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Helen devoted her later life to work for the American Foundation for Blind.
Victim of a rare disease Tetra-amelia syndrome, which is characterized by the absence of all four limbs, Nick Vujicic was born on december 4, 1982, in a Serbian family, in Australia. Throughout his childhood, he struggled a lot to overcome the sick mentality of society and finally at the age of 17, he established an NGO Life Without Limbs. After graduating in Accounting and Financial Planning, he started his journey as a motivational speaker of subjects revolving around meaning of life, hope and disability.