Jessica Cox Got the Hug of a Lifetime
Sometimes when you’ve struggled through difficult hardship in your life, all it takes to make you feel better is meeting someone who’s gone through the same thing — and then hugging it out with them.
Such is the case with Ruth “R.E.” Pranke Evelyn, a 3-year-old girl who was born without arms and Jessica Cox, the first licensed armless pilot.
Ruth’s loving mother, Karlyn brought her daughter to meet Jessica Cox after she had messaged the pilot on Facebook. She found out that Cox was speaking at the premiere of a documentary called Right Footed, which centers around Cox’s own life. Ruth and Karlyn were quick to jump on the 6-hour drive to meet up with her.
“I’m just grateful that we had the opportunity to show everyone that it doesn’t matter if you have arms or not, that you can do the same things as everyone else — you just may have to do it a little differently,” said Karlyn to ABC News.
And what a shining idol for Ruth to meet. No only is Cox the world’s first licensed armless pilot, she’s also the first armless black-belt in American Taekwondo, as well as a motivational speaker and a people with disabilities advocate. And how does she do it all? With her feet. For example, Cox is so deft with her toes that she’s able to use a keyboard (at 25 words per minute), drive a car, scuba dive, and she’s ever able to remove her own contact lenses.
You can imagine how impactful meeting a woman like Cox with be for Ruth. She even got the opportunity to tour Cox’s plane.
“I thought it would be motivating for her,” says Karlyn, “Showing that [you] can overcome your disability no matter what you are born with, or what you are born without.”
The two strong ladies plan on remaining pen pals.
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This is the BEST HUG I’ve ever seen.