Superhuman Stories: 3 inspirational Individuals Embracing Ability Over Disability

At My Story Told, we are passionate about sharing the stories of individuals who inspire us. Among our most cherished life stories are those of remarkable individuals who serve as exceptional role models, triumphing over obstacles. Here are 3 individuals whose determination in overcoming and embracing disability have deeply moved us:

 

John Cronin

John Cronin, a 22-year-old with Down syndrome, co-founded ‘John’s Crazy Socks’ with his father, a business dedicated to spreading happiness through colourful and creative socks reflective of John’s personality. With John’s background in retail and customer service and his father’s experience in launching online ventures, the pair launched the business after John graduated high school – wanting to break away from the usual choices that didn’t excite John. Although born with Down syndrome, John views it simply as a trait, much like having red hair or being tall. Despite facing early medical hurdles, including surgeries soon after birth, John thrives today with his infectious enthusiasm and genuine connection with others.

With the help of his parents, John has built an established brand – harnessing over 50,000 followers across social media and receiving orders worldwide – donating 5 percent of proceeds to the Special Olympics. He proudly represents the company, embodying the power of pursuing your dreams!

 

Kristie Sita

At 16 years old, trained dancer Kristie Sita experienced a life-altering boating accident resulting in the amputation of her left hand. Despite this trauma, Kristie persevered, overcoming obstacles to enter the realm of social media, where she now shares inspiration through educational content and her personal fitness journey. Alongside her success in social media, Kristie has also forged a career in television and film, appearing in titles like Descendants 2. Notably, she stands out as the only single-handed professional dancer and actress across Canada. In addition to her on-screen work, Kristie serves as a Physical Disability Consultant, providing one-on-one support to actors portraying physically disabled characters.

Kristie is not only an entrepreneur but a motivational speaker too. Recently, she has participated in panels like “Fitness World International Women’s Day,” discussing and empowering women in the fitness industry. When most would try to forget a traumatic event, Kristie says the accident changed her life for the better!

 

Jessica Cox

Jessica Cox was born without arms due to a rare congenital condition called bilateral congenital limb deficiency, presenting her with unique challenges in performing daily tasks throughout her life. Despite these obstacles, Jessica has taken on life with unwavering determination and a positive attitude, navigating a world not designed for people with disabilities. After ditching her prosthetic arms, she became fascinated by the ways the human body can adjust to challenges. Determined to fully embrace herself, Jessica began to utilise dormant physical traits to adapt and use her feet the way people use their hands in daily life.

Jessica used this newfound physical and mental strength to conquer her fear of flying, where after an arduous three years, she became a certified pilot, earning the title of the first woman to fly an airplane with her feet! Since then, Jessica has become an exceptional motivational speaker and life coach, teaching audiences how to inspire diversity and tackle setbacks with optimism and commitment. Jessica’s story of defying limitations and advocating for inclusivity has led to numerous appearances on international television and garnered her a substantial following on social media.

 

Life is the journey filled with obstacles encountered along the way. At My Story Told, we deeply believe that every person’s unique story – woven from special experiences and perspectives – deserves to be cherished and shared. Contact us today to tell your story.

At My Story Told, our passion lies within telling the stories of people who inspire us. Some of our favourite stories are those of remarkable individuals who are true everyday heroes, performing extraordinary deeds. Here are 5 individuals who have done remarkable things for charity and to raise awareness, we would love to tell their stories:  

Rocky Taylor  

In 2011, Stuntman Rocky Taylor went above and beyond for ‘Remember a Charity’ – a charity consortium which people can pledge a small percentage of their will to – reenacting his extensive stunt showreel to raise money. After a series of daring stunts streamed on Facebook, Rocky concluded his fundraising efforts with his most thrilling and perilous stunt yet, one that nearly cost him his life. Rocky narrowly survived a 40-foot jump while filming Death Wish 3, enduring multiple fractures, spinal breaks, and severe burns. Despite his injuries, 25 years later, he bravely recreated the 40-foot leap from a burning building at Battersea Power Station, conquering his fears! 

Ross Edgley 

British athlete Ross Edgley showed extreme strength and endurance when he completed ‘The Strongest Man Marathon’ in 2016. On home soil, Ross completed the marathon at the iconic Silverstone Circuit whilst pulling a 1,400kg MINI Countryman behind him. After training for up to 16 hours a day for eight months, Ross completed the marathon in 19 hours, 36 minutes and 43 seconds – raising over £2,000 for Teenage Cancer Trust, SportsAid, United Through Sport and Children With Cancer. Edgley later went on to become the first person in history to swim around Great Britain, completing the 1,780-mile swim in 157 days! He has since broken various records for his challenges, which he often dedicates to charity.  

Russell Cook  

Russell Cook, an English endurance athlete from Worthing, made history by becoming the first person to run the entire length of Africa from its southernmost to northernmost point as part of ‘Project Africa’. Overcoming personal struggles with mental health, gambling, and drinking, Cook embarked on this monumental journey to “make a difference”. Documenting his trek on YouTube with the support of his team, Cook captured global attention. Enduring gruelling terrain and the vast Sahara Desert, Cook faced challenges every step of the way. From visa complications and fatigue to hospitalisation and an armed robbery in Angola on June 24, 2024, where cameras, phones, cash, passports, and visas were stolen from him and his team. Despite the hardships, Cook completed his final run in Tunisia, raising over £700,000 for charity, earning him the well-deserved nickname ‘the Hardest Geezer’. 

Anna McNuff 

In January 2015, British adventurer Anna McNuff left Bluff on the South Island of New Zealand to run the entire length of the country! On her own, without the support of a team, and with a bag weighing a quarter of her bodyweight on her back – Anna navigated some of New Zealand’s most challenging and unforgiving backcountry – sleeping wild, crossing swollen rivers and scaling mountain passes on the Te Araroa trail. Whilst running 32 miles a day for sixth months, Anna visited schools, sharing her story and the importance of the great outdoors! By the time she had completed her 1,911-mile run, Anna raised £5,000 The Outward Bound Trust.  

 Mathew Loddy  

Ex-Scaffolding boss, Mathew Loddy from the UK, achieved an incredible feat by running 100 marathons in 100 days, all to raise funds for the Teenage Cancer Trust. His motivation stemmed from a promise made to a terminally ill friend to support cancer charities. Beginning in the Algarve, Portugal in January 2012, Mr. Loddy eventually finished in front of a home crowd, concluding his amazing challenge at the London Marathon.  Despite car troubles, gruelling roots and being hospitalised multiple times, Mathew Loddy raised a staggering £45,000 for the teenage cancer trust from his 2620-mile journey! 

You don’t have to run a marathon or swim the English Channel to tell your story. At My Story Told, we believe that every person’s story – made up of unique experiences and perspectives – deserves to be heard.