First armless pilot to visit HI projects

UNLIMITED. Jessica Cox, who holds a Guinness World Record for being the first armless pilot in history, travels around the world to encourage people in overcoming various obstacles. Photo from Cox’s website rightfooted.com

UNLIMITED. Jessica Cox, who holds a Guinness World Record for being the first armless pilot in history, travels around the world to encourage people in overcoming various obstacles. Photo from Cox’s website rightfooted.com

Renowned motivational speaker and first armless pilot Jessica Cox will visit victims of super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in Tacloban City and Eastern Samar from February 26 to March 3.

The 31-year-old Filipino-American, who lost a great-aunt in the disaster, will meet with people with disabilities being supported by Handicap International. She will particularly encourage those who were amputated because of injuries caused by the typhoon.

Part of Cox’s activities will be a visit to the REBUILD Project on March 4-6, where she will meet with some people with disabilities.

Cox was born armless, but raised as the achiever that she is. She earned her first black belt in taekwondo when she was 14. She graduated with a degree in psychology from the University of Arizona. She holds the Guinness World Record for being the “First Armless Person in the World Ever to Have Obtained a Pilot’s License.”

In the past few years, Cox has been traveling the world – most recently in Ethiopia – as a motivational speaker. Combining humor, warmth, and an indefatigable “can do” attitude, Cox is easily among the most influential young speakers today.

A documentary film about Jessica’s life and successes, Rightfooted, is in production and is due to be out late this year.