Courageous Stephani Victor pays tribute to women’s day

March 8, 2010

DSC_0039 Barbara Scarpella-Reed is editor of Fiduciary Services at Lipper (a Thomson Reuters company) and a freelance journalist. The opinions expressed are her own. Reuters is hosting a “follow-the-sun” live blog on Monday, March 8, 2010, International Women’s Day. Please tune in.

Stephani Victor’s life is a portrait of one woman’s will to survive and recreate her story despite great adversity. On December 19, 1995, Victor was standing on the sidewalk in Hermosa Beach, California, when an out-of-control vehicle jumped the curb and crushed her into another car. In order to save her life, doctors had to amputate both legs above the knee. Her will and life force enabled her to reach deep down within herself, defying the odds.

Today, Victor is a Paralympics gold and bronze medal winner, filmmaker and motivational speaker. She will compete in the 2010 Paralympics in Vancouver, Canada, starting March 12, 2010. More than 600 athletes from 40 countries will participate in the games.

She joins in a celebration of International Women’s Day by inspiring all women to commit themselves to the celebration of women’s empowerment as they unite around the world.


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Wow, what an amazing story.

Posted by Kate | Report as abusive

What an incredible woman! That video changed my entire perspective. Thank you Stephani for being an incredible inspiration!

Posted by Perry | Report as abusive

Thank you so much for publishing this story. What an amazing woman. Good luck Stephani!

Posted by Luke | Report as abusive

Great story!

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