The story of Jess Quinn has been an inspiration to many across the globe.
Quinn, from Auckland, New Zealand, lost her leg to bone cancer when she was only 9 years old. Nevertheless, that hasn’t stopped her from achieving her dreams. Her perseverance and attitude have enabled her to cross several hurdles in her life.
The 23-year-old amputee model has as many as 55,000 followers on Instagram and also received an award for her work with young cancer patients. “Growing up and not being able to do the things I wanted, it got me down. I’ve had to find new ways of doing things.”
She also spoke about the overwhelming response she has received for her photoshoot for her blog Limbitless.
“I’ve never considered my cancer story any different but I am starting to realize how my outlook on life can help, people thrive on the real stories,” she said. “I want to reach out, not just people with disabilities but also anyone living with insecurities. That’s my goal, to help everyone from young and old to male or female. I don’t want to put myself in a category.”
As reported by Daily Mail, Quinn is also preparing to run a 10k race at the end of the year. “I’ve always been really into health and fitness, even as a kid. After the surgery I wasn’t sure whether I’d be able to run again,” she said.
While she said it will be not easy, she is determined for it. “It’s go big or go home for me, the furthest I’ve ran is 600m and I’m already planning a 10k.”
It was so exciting taking my blade somewhere new yesterday! ? After a lack of motivation and self control last week I was feeling pretty average. Instead of letting myself fall off the track completely, I started Sunday fresh with some yoga & running. @hey.dot reminded me that we're all human & the best way to feel better is to get back on track – so that's what I did! So ready to smash the week ahead!! ?? #heydot
50,000 supporters! I can't believe it! For me, it's not about reaching a number of 'followers', it's about reaching out to as many people as possible & using my adversity to try inspire. Thank you all for the love & support, ever since launching the Limbitless photoshoot the response I have had has been mind blowing! I want to take a second to thank @parker for taking such incredible photos. You are seriously talented & it's amazing to have someone like you so supportive in what I'm doing. I would also LOVE to know where in the world you're all from, so please comment below. Let's continue to be #limbitless. ✨