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NR # 3395C
FIL-AM ARMLESS WONDER VISITS THE HOUSE
Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr. on Tuesday proudly received the phenomenal Filipino-American, Ms. Jesicca Cox, the orld!s "irst licensed armless pilot and armless #lack-#elt in the American Taek ondo Association. The Speaker, to$ether ith %eps. &mi '. Calixto-%u#iano, Ma. (enaida An$pin$, Joel Banal, Al"red )ar$as *** and Ben &vardone, shared Jessica!s deep rooted advocacies related to the interest o" persons ith disa#ilities, especially her concerns "or the pli$ht o" children ith disa#ilities in areas a""ected #y super typhoon +olanda. Belmonte and Jessica ere one in stressin$ that there!s a need "or people to chan$e their attitudes to ards persons ith disa#ilities #y acceptin$ them as they are, openin$ opportunities "or advancement. ,+ou are a $reat inspiration to the Filipino people. -e are really very proud o" your achievements,. Belmonte told Ms. Cox. Jessica, hose mother hails "rom &astern Samar, /atrick Cham#erlain. as accompanied #y her hus#and
Born ithout arms, Jessica is also the "irst armless #lack-#elt in the American Taek ondo Association. 0er #rie" #io states1 ,Born ithout arms, Jessica no "lies airplanes, drives cars, and lives a normal li"e usin$ her "eet as others use their hands.. Attitude is the key to Jessica!s drive. She is convinced that it is ho people think that has a $reater impact on li"e than physical constraints. She chose to pursue a de$ree in psycholo$y at the 2niversity o" Ari3ona and, since then, she has travelled to 45 countries and six continents sharin$ her inspirational messa$e. 0er #io also recalls1 Born in 4678 in Sierra )ista, Ari3ona, Jessica has learned to live her li"e ith her "eet. There ere many 9uestions at the time a#out hether Jessica ould #e a#le to a live as normal li"e. ,0o ever, Jessica!s "ather has said he never shed a tear a#out her #irth condition. 0e had "ull con"idence in her potential. -ith the support o" her parents and "amily, Jessica #ecame con"ident in hersel" as an adult and continued to explore the orld ith her "eet.. :8;< dpt