In conjunction with Oprah Winfrey’s The Life You Want Weekend Tour visiting AmericanAirlines Arena Friday and Saturday, Paralympic snowboarding medalist and Dancing with the Stars finalist Amy Purdy is in Miami for a variety of speaking engagements and meet-and-greets with Toyota, including the main event on Saturday at the AAA. Other speakers on the tour include author Elizabeth Gilbert, spiritualist Deepak Chopra and OWN Network’s Iyanla Vanzant.
A double leg amputee since age 19 when she suddenly fell ill of bacterial meningitis, Purdy has gone onto advocate for special needs athletes and motivate others with her story through speaking engagements, like Tedx Talks.
“When I was recovering, I always watched Oprah and was inspired by her and her guests. I’ve loved Deepak Chopra since I was a girl and I became a fan of Elizabeth Gilbert in my 20s,” says Purdy. “Being a part of all of this and having the opportunity to inspire others is really like coming full circle for me.”
At the end of December, Purdy will have another accomplishment to add to her list when she publishes her book “On My Own Two Feet: From Losing My Legs to Learning the Dance of Life.”