Fil-Am Jessica Cox honored in aviation event

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 29 2010 05:22 PM | Updated as of Jan 30 2010 03:15 AM

Twenty-six-year old Jessica Cox has gone a long way, always challenging herself and motivating others to turn their disabilities into something positive.

The Filipino-American, who was born without arms, recently walked down the red carpet as a guest of honor at the Living Legends of Aviation Event with Hollywood greats like Kurt Russel and Goldie Hawn last Saturday at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills.

“It was surreal in a sense that here I am experiencing what other celebrities experience. It was incredible,” Cox said.

Cox was honored as an aviation pioneer when she became the first person to receive a pilot’s license by operating a plane using only her feet.

“There’s a sense of empowerment and independence that I can’t even describe when I’m soloing an airplane…that life changing experience helps bring home the point that we are pilot and command of our own life,” she said.

Cox has broken barriers and limitations despite being born armless. Aside from being a licensed pilot, she’s a driver and still eager to try out more activities like scuba diving.

To this day, doctors are still baffled as to why she was born without arms. But Cox made do with what God gave her. She said her legs are just as good as arms.

She puts on her contacts, opens the door, and brushes her hair and even texts friends on her cell phone using her feet.

“The only disabilities we have are the ones we create that’s all in our mind,” Cox added.

When she’s not flying planes, she makes a living as a motivational speaker.

She said she hopes to bring her message of hope and hard work to her other homeland – the Philippines. Reports from Joseph Pimentel, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau, with Asian Journal