Reggie Showers – double amputee-double daredevil-double motivator

Reggie Showers

Reggie Showers

As a youngster, Reggie Showers was always challenging himself – he loved climbing on the boxcars at a rail yard near his home in Philadelphia. At the age of 14, however, the power lines hanging above the box cars surged 13,000 volts of electricity through his young body. To save his life, the doctors had to graft skin onto his third degree burned arms and cut off both his legs below the knee. To Reggie, this was just another challenge.

“You would think a kid would just want to give up but … I never once shed a tear about it…There’s a reason why I’m here,” Showers said. “For all intents and purposes, I should be dead.” (espncdn.com)

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Scout Bassett – empowering athlete, spokesperson and mentor

Scout Bassett - now and then
At the age of 1, Scout was abandoned at an government orphanage in Nanjing China.  She had been badly burned in a chemical fire and as a result, had to have her right leg amputated up to mid thigh.  The prosthetic she was given was a rudimentary one, made from wood, masking tape and leather straps.  She spent seven years mopping floors, tending children and washing dishes.  “There was illegal child labor, physical abuse and starvation.  It was really brutal. Then a miracle happened,” remembers Scout. In retrospect, she now believes the dark conditions were not the result of maliciousness but rather the Chinese culture of the time and lack of resources.

Turning point

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Amplitude Magazine – an inspirational resource


What is inspiration?  

Merriam-Webster defines inspiration asthe action or power of moving the intellect or emotions.”

Those with limb loss, and their families and friends have an ever-growing network of resources and support there to encourage and educate.  We’ve listed some of them on our Resource page and from time to time we will highlight them as inspirations.


“Anything that will help amputees enjoy all that life has to offer”

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