Filipino-American Jessica Cox, the first armless person to fly a plane, has visited Handicap International’s teams in Tacloban City, February 26.
Handicap International has been providing shelter kits, water pumps, livelihoods, and mobility aids to people with disabilities in Tacloban City and other disaster zones since November.
Accompanied by husband Patrick Chamberlain, Jessica will be in the city and in Eastern Samar until March 3. She will visit people with disabilities who survived the typhoon, going village to village alongside the HI teams.
Jessica Cox has described her trip as a “visit like no other,”as she will also return to her mother’s native Guiuan, Eastern Samar, where the deadly typhoon first made landfall. She lost a great-aunt because of the disaster.
Next week Jessica will fly back to Luzon island to meet with people with disabilities benefiting from HI’s project in Rizal province.
As a motivational speaker, Jessica has been traveling the world to share her story and encourage people to overcome disabilities. She has a psychology degree from the University of Arizona, black belts in taekwondo, and the Guinness World Record for being the first armless pilot in history.
The crew of Rightfooted, a documentary film on her life, is following Jessica throughout her Philippine visit. The film is due to be out next year, director Nick Spark said.