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Language Of Hugs: Armless Girl and Her Role Model Embrace

We attempt to show love and affection in many ways, but we may underestimate the power of a hug. You may have encountered an awkward embrace, but for an armless girl and her role model, there was nothing awkward about their touching hug.

Jessica Cox is no stranger to the challenges of her disability. The armless motivational speaker has gone above and beyond to conquer obstacles that we could never even imagine. She has earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology, was the first woman to fly a plane with her feet and has earned a black belt in tae kwon do.

She has also earned the admiration of a little girl whose mother traveled six hours to see Cox premiere her new documentary about her life, “Right Footed,” in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The young girl, known as RE, is also armless.

RE was given exclusive access to her role model, Cox, and ended the encounter with an armless hug. “You don’t need arms to give a hug,” posted Cox in a caption of the picture, featured on The Mighty. The sweet embrace showed the two joined at the neck for an embrace.

You don’t need arms to return a hug… or give one. Jessica Cox with RE who was also born without arms.This amazing…

Posted by Right Footed A documentary film about Jessica Cox on Sunday, July 26, 2015

Cox’s life story and accomplishments have sparked national attention as she tours the world delivering motivational speeches to show others that all things are possible – with or without arms. Her film, “Right Footed,” was created to support others with disabilities and challenges, as she notes on her personal website. Cox has openly stated that if she had the choice, she would still choose a life without arms because of the lives she has been able to touch and the wonderful things she has been able to accomplish.

We can all remember having role models as young children, but for this little girl who received a hug she will never forget, the hug meant so much more. The power of a hug can be inspirational, motivational and life changing.

Who will you hug today?

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