December 15, 2015

Armless Woman Pilot Meets 3-year-old Born Without Arms

'That picture clearly showed that you don't need arms to embrace someone,' 32-year-old Cox said (Cox and RE pictured with Cox's airplane, below, and together, above during the premiere of Right Footed).

[From article]
A three-year-old girl born without arms embraced the first-ever armless pilot after driving six hours with her mother so she could meet her.
The touching moment between Jessica Cox, 32, and Ruth Evelyn 'RE' Pranke was captured on Friday during the premiere of the documentary about Cox's journey to become a pilot, Right Footed, ABC reported.
Cox, 32, also the first armless black belt in the American Tae Kwon Do Association, said she was 'so happy' when she heard RE and her family were attending the premiere.[. . .]
'She's been saying since we got home, "She's just like me. She doesn't have arms".'
During the pair's visit, Cox showed RE the airplane she flies which the young girl asked to see straight away when she met the motivational speaker.
Cox also was captured as she signed a poster with an inspiring message for RE, who sat next to her watching as she wrote it with her right foot.
The note read: 'RE, you can do anything! Love, your Right Footed Friend.'

'You don't need arms to hug': Touching moment armless three-year-old girl met inspirational pilot with the same disability
Ruth Evelyn 'RE' Pranke was born without arms and was captured as she hugged first-ever arlmess pilot Jessica Cox
RE's mother, Karlyn, drove her six hours so she could meet the motivational speaker
The pair met during the July 24 premier of Right Footed, a documentary about Cox overcoming obstacles to become a pilot
PUBLISHED: 20:34 EST, 28 July 2015 | UPDATED: 17:45 EST, 29 July 2015

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[From article]
The emotional hug, shared by thousands, "redefines the definition of hope," Cox told CBS News.
"You can give someone a hug without arms -- two people without arms can give a hug," the motivational speaker said. "It inspires people that anything is possible."
RE's mother, Karlyn Pranke, hoped her daughter would also be inspired.
When Pranke was 20 weeks pregnant, she found out RE would be born without arms.
"I started googling 'without limbs,'" Pranke explained. "That's when Jessica's name popped up. I wanted one day to be able to meet her."
She wanted her little girl to meet her, too.
Two months ago, when RE made a heart-wrenching request, Pranke decided it was finally time.
"She just said, 'I want arms,'"Pranke said. "She's never really said it before."
So, the Saint Paul, Minnesota, mom and RE drove six hours to AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, to meet Cox at the premiere of "Right Footed," a documentary based on Cox's life.
Within minutes of meeting each other, RE asked if she could see the airplane Cox flies with her feet. With a big grin, Cox led the way.

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