Though South African runner Oscar Pistorius, the first double amputee to ever compete in the Olympics, didn’t make it past the semi-finals in the Men’s 400m yesterday, he is still an inspiration to people with disabilities all over the world. The photo below is from 2009, but it made the rounds on the Internet yesterday because it conveys the depth of that inspiration more than mere words can do. The girl in the picture is Ellie Challis from England who lost both hands and lower legs to meningitis at 16 months. You can read the story here.
Double Amputee Olympian Oscar Pistorius in a Picture Worth 1,000 Words
After graduating from St. John's University in New York with degrees in Communications and English, Tony Rossi found a job at the Catholic media organization, The Christophers, that allowed him to indulge his interest in religion, media, and pop culture. He served as The Christophers' TV producer for 11 years, and is currently the host and producer of the organization's radio show/podcast Christopher Closeup, writer and editor of their syndicated Light One Candle column, and producer/scriptwriter of the annual Christopher Awards ceremony.