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Amy Purdy

I was 19 years old when I felt like I had a cold, but within 24 hours I was at the hospital. After several rounds of tests and five days later, I was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis. I lost my legs and almost my life along with it. I was on life support and the doctors said that I had a two per cent chance of survival. I had organ and respiratory failure, had to go through multiple transfusions, got my spleen removed and lost circulation. I was then put in an induced come till they could figure out the course of treatment. The doctors had to amputate my legs and my father donated his kidney to save me.

'I always say that my dad gave me life twice. He brought me into this world, and then through his gift he kept me in this world.' I was hanging by a threat until I was brought back to life. Recovery seemed like a challenge both physically as well as emotionally because I could not accept reality. It took me some time to realise that my sickness had changed my drastically and there is nothing I can do other than accept it and move ahead with my life and that’s what I did. I used to think that I would never be able to walk again until I heard music and it moved me. I danced with my father and that’s when I realised that I could definitely walk if could dance.

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Matt Steffanina

I grew up playing different types of sports, but was never too keen to learn dancing. In fact, it was a competitive skateboarder till I was nearly 17 years old. Dance caught my eye when I saw some people break dancing and it seemed like the coolest thing there could be. My high school friend and I taught us how to dance and that’s how it all began. I soon starting choreographing after winning a dance competition and travelled through the United States to teach dance in different states. Six years later, I decided to move to Los Angeles and take up dancing as a full time career.

Choreography can be really challenging sometimes. For me, it’s all about connecting to the music. I listen to the song on repeat and try to find a suitable character. Once I do that, everything else falls into place. While some pieces take merely 20 minutes, others may take up to four hours.” I’m a bit of a perfectionist so I like to keep working on a piece until it really feels right.”

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Jacy Jorden

I was 7 years old when I met with an accident. I had just been chosen as Miss Pasadena Rodeo and spent the rest of the day having fun with my mother. On our way back home, my Mother swerved to save a car that had gone off the lane. I was thrown out of my seat, despite having a seat belt on and landed on the freeway. By the time she gained consciousness, it was too late. My leg was broken from two places and the skin was missing from hip to toe. I was soon taken to a hospital that dealt especially with such trauma cases. My family was informed that I won’t be able to make it through the night, but destiny had something else in store for me.

I did make it through, but my leg was severely damaged which only made my treatment nearly impossible. Amputation was an option that was ruled out by the doctors. The surgical team had inserted eight pins to correct the leg and cleaned my skinless wound of glass, dirt, plastic and other pavement debris. I had to undergo about 20 surgeries to treat and fix my leg and I ended up spending four months on bed. I had to give up on dancing because there was no way I was fit for that kind of movement. I decided to invest all my time and energy on academics till I regained the strength to dance again.

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