Purdy Lucky

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Amy Purdy is a snowboarder, skateboarder, makeup artist, actress, model and is also a double leg amputee.

At the age of 19, she contracted Neisseria meningitis, a form of bacterial meningitis. Due to the disease, which affected her circulatory system, both of her legs had to be amputated below the knee.  Her spleen and a kidney had to be removed as well. Two years later, she received a kidney transplant from her father.  Her friends now refer to her by the nickname Lucky.

Amy's most significant accomplishment to date is in the creation and development of the action sport athletic organization; Adaptive Action Sports. In 2005 Amy and her partner Daniel Gale founded the non-profit organization to help adaptive athletes get involved with action sports, art and music.

As of 2011 Amy is currently ranked #1 in the world for Adaptive Snowboarding and recently got adaptive sports into the 2011 X-Games. Amy's future goal is getting adaptive sports into the 2014 Olympics.

For more information on how you can help support Adaptive Action Sports go to ADACS.org