It's truly a beautiful thing that we live in a world where people with disabilities can pretty much do anything they set their minds to! Just look at Stephen Hawking. He is one of the most brilliant minds ever to exist even though he was a non-verbal man and confined to a wheelchair for much of his life because of ALS. Hawking inspired so many to reach well beyond their limits to achieve much more. This post is about just that—the desire to reach far past our bodily limitations against all the odds. Jen Bricker was actually born with a genetic disability and despite everything against her, she was still able to achieve some incredible things.
Adopted By Loving Family
When Jen Bricker was just a baby, she was abandoned by her biological parents because they believed that it would be difficult to cope with a child who had disabilities. Luckily, she was then adopted by Sharon and Gerald Bricker, who already had three sons. Jen spent her childhood growing up with her brand new, loving family in the small town of Oblong, Illinois.
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Rare Genetic Disease
You see, Jen was born with a rare genetic disease that caused her to be born without her legs. Her biological parents, who were from Romania, had no clue that Jen was going to grow up to do big things, even though she didn't have any legs. Thanks to the persistence of her adoptive parents, Jen would grow up knowing that she was capable of anything, and she would do it in spite of her being disabled.
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Jen had an intense love for playing sports. She loved playing basketball and volleyball, but it was gymnastics that stole the young girl's heart. When she was just a child, she tried her hand at gymnastics, only to find out that she had a natural affinity for the sport. Jen said: “Some of my earliest memories are of watching gymnastics on TV when I was six years old and trying to imitate the moves.”
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Nothing Held Her Back
This little girl wasn't going to let anything hold her back, and with her parents support, she thrived in spite of her disability. They never let her say the word "can't" and encouraged her to do everything she wanted. And because of her parent's encouragement, Jen strived to be the best that she could be at all times.
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With her parents support, Jen started competing in gymnastics competitions. In fact, when she was just 11 years old, she had already become the tumbling champion of the state of Illinois. But Jen would soon find out that there were even bigger things in store for her in the future.