Inspirational Stories

We welcome you to browse through this continually updated list of links to the best OP inspirational stories. If there is a story that we have missed please let us know and we will put it up,

Quadruple amputee wins parasurfing championship

Marbella quadruple amputee crowned world parasurfing champion

Cancer Survivor Who Had Her Leg Amputated Says Nothing Will Ever Stop Her From Living Fully

Once again, her fighting spirit kicked in, and she was able to move on with her life. But years on, a big health scare hit.

City of Palms Classic Slam Dunk Champion Goes Viral

A slam dunk champion lights up the internet and even makes it to SportsCenter. Hansel Emmanuel, the kid who made the awarding-winning shot at the City of Palms Classic. He’s a 6’6″ top Division I basketball prospect, and he’s an amputee. 

Wounded Marine Moves Into Smart Home Thanks to 'Forrest Gump' Actor

Forrest Gump is one of those movies that continues to make a lasting impression on audiences, generation after generation. For Gary Sinise, the actor who played Lieutenant Dan, platoon leader and wounded companion to Tom Hanks' titular character, the role sparked a passion that transcended acting: honoring and supporting veterans, first responders and their families. In 2011, the actor founded the Gary Sinise Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on giving back to those who sacrificed for the country. Since its creation, the charity has built 74 specially adapted smart homes for wounded heroes, served over half a million meals and provided over 300 relief grants to first responders, among many other programs.

Rockford Man Using His Journey As An Amputee To Help Others

Matlock keeps a positive outlook and wants to spread it to everyone he meets.

Egyptian Table Tennis Athlete, And Amputee, Captures Hearts In Tokyo Paralympics

In his second consecutive Paralympic Games, Egypt's table tennis player and amputee Ibrahim Hamadtou continues to produce jaw-dropping shots using only his mouth.

Paralympian Athlete Paving The Way To Tokyo

After a month in a medically induced coma and years of rehab and physical therapy de Lavalette and Simon channeled all the hard work into a seat on the Team USA paralympic equestrian team in the Summer Tokyo Paralympics.

Triple-Amputee Veteran Goes Surfing With Ricochet

Jose became a triple amputee after stepping on a bomb in Afghanistan. The doctors told his unit he wasn't going to make it. But he woke up from a coma ten days later. His road to recovery wasn't easy. In fact, odds were against him. He spent two years in the hospital after the explosion and was told he would never walk again. But this is Jose today, catching a wave with Ricochet to inspire other wounded warriors, as well as anyone else struggling through life.

Into The Outdoors With Double Amputee Johnny ‘Joey’ Jones

Watch a few minutes of the Fox Nation Outdoors series (part of Fox News’ subscription streaming platform) with Johnny ‘Joey’ Jones (“Triple J” to his friends) and the first thing you notice is his passion for being in the wild, his love of life. It’s the kind of revelation that often comes after a near brush with death. 

Cancer Survivor, Amputee Wins Electric Bike In Dance Competition

It’s hard to look on the bright side of life when you’re facing hardships in life, right?  But that’s exactly what one Scottsdale girl did when she was diagnosed with cancer a few years ago. 

Machined Parts Help Paralympian

Over the next 12 years, he would go on to become a world-class Paralympic athlete, winning gold and silver medals in the 2018 Paralympic Games, competing in a variety of winter sports, including motocross, snow bike cross, and snowboarding, and winning other gold and silver medals along the way. In fact, he is now a 10-time X Games gold medalist, after returning from the recent Winter X Games 2020 in Aspen, Colorado.

Former Miss Colombia Is Making The Most Out Of A Difficult Journey

Former Miss Colombia dances in video just weeks after leg amputation: 'We must be resilient in life'

He Lost His Leg, Then Rediscovered the Bicycle. Now He’s Unstoppable.


An interview with Dmitry Knyazev on amputee diving

Dmitry Knyazev has been a DDI Instructor and an inspirational member of our organisation since 2016. Since becoming a disabled diving instructor, Dmitry has been on a quest to get as many people with disabilities in the water as possible and has been a true ambassador for disabled diving, especially for divers in Russia. 

In 2015 he created the Open Water Challenge project. The goal of his project is to create motivational stories about how people with disabilities overcome the limits of their reality. As Dmitry was already an avid professional diver, he chose diving as the challenge. Each project participant has their own challenge and purpose for taking part. Dmitry documents the progression and triumphs of his divers through filming and photo galleries.

Amputee Golfer Reflects On His Encounter With Tiger Woods, 'My Favorite Moment Of My Life'

As he prepared to hit his shot, Luke paused—a man with a plan. Ever since doctors amputated his right leg above the knee at age 15 because of bone cancer, he's been playing golf one-legged, and he wasn't about to hit this shot any different. With all eyes on him, he removed his prosthetic leg, and—to general astonishment—handed it to Tiger Woods. 

How Double Amputee Cedric King Inspired The Carolina Panthers

In Kandahar, Afghanistan, 1st Sgt. Cedric King of the 82nd Airborne was walking a patrol that would alter the trajectory of his life. In the course of his patrol, Sgt. King stepped on an improvised explosive device (IED) that detonated beneath his feet. He spent eight days in a coma, awakening to find he’d lost both legs in the explosion. Broken in mind and body, he connected with the Panthers and head coach Ron Rivera — and found new purpose and new meaning to his life. 


1-Year Old Baby Amputee Takes First Steps

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