Interesting facts #7-12:
- Purdy was the first person featured on Van's “Pass the Bucket”.
Purdy was featured on “Pass the Bucket”—a series on Van’s Off The Wall that provides, “A look into the humanitarian side of today's most celebrated action sport athletes, musicians, artists and foundations. A raw and transparent conversation of today's shocking realities and potential solutions.” In “Pass the Bucket with Amy Purdy,” Purdy talks about human potential. When she went in for amputation surgery, the doctor told her to think about what she believed in. She said, “I believe in love. Love of life, and love for each other.”
- Purdy posed for Nikki Sixx of Mötley Crüe.
Purdy posed for rocker Nikki Sixx in some artistic photographs entitled “Amy in Wonderland” that were featured in Sixx’s New York Times best-selling book, “This is Going to Hurt.” She is featured with Sixx on the Dr. Drew show, and the video clip is posted on Purdy's blog.
- Purdy starred in the female lead in a movie called "What's Bugging Seth".
Purdy played Alma, one of Seth’s love interests, in the romantic comedy “What’s Bugging Seth.” The film, released in 2005, won first place at the Fargo Film Festival and is rated 6.9/10 on IMDb.
- Purdy co-founded Adaptive Action Sports.
Purdy, along with long-time boyfriend, Daniel Gale, founded Adaptive Action Sports (AAS) in 2005 “to help create opportunities for individuals with physical disabilities to get involved in skateboarding and snowboarding and all action sports.” Their website claims that “AAS was the first organization of it's kind to focus on bringing these types of sports to the disabled community.” AAS has provided over 48 Action Sports events to more than 200 adaptive teens and young adults (including injured military). As reported by ABC, “AAS was instrumental in getting adaptive snowboarding added to the 2014 Paralympic Games.”
- Purdy lost more than just her legs.
Purdy contracted Bacterial Meningitis at age 19. Over a three-month battle for her life, Amy left the hospital without functioning kidneys, her spleen, or her legs below the knee. She actually received a kidney transplant from her father when she turned 21 (in 2001), and she was back on her board less than one year after the surgery. According to Team USA, Purdy also lost hearing in her left ear.
- Purdy’s high school dream was to travel the world and snowboard.
Team USA claims that Purdy actually began snowboarding when she was 15 and had plans to become competitive. Her dream was to travel the world and snowboard, and after high school she became a massage therapist so that she could financially support herself anywhere in the world. She didn't have much time to pursue that dream before she fell ill. She stated years later in her TED talk that “Borders are where the actual ends but also where the imagination and the story begins.” And what a story her life has been. What many of us would consider a disability did not keep her from doing what she wanted to do. How many of us can say we have been able to live out our dreams?
Miss facts #1-6? Check them out at "12 interesting facts about Dancing with the Stars competitor Amy Purdy (part 1)."