Courageous Stephani Victor pays tribute to women’s day
- 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 â€śfollow-the-sunâ€ť live blog on Monday, March 8, 2010, International Womenâ€™s Day. Please tune in.
Stephani Victorâ€™s life is a portrait of one womanâ€™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 Womenâ€™s Day by inspiring all women to commit themselves to the celebration of womenâ€™s empowerment as they unite around the world.