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Amy  Purdy

Amy Purdy

Survivor, NY Times Best-Selling Author of On My Own Two Feet, World Class Snowboarder & Founder of Adaptive Action Sports

Amy Purdy

Survivor, NY Times Best-Selling Author of On My Own Two Feet, World Class Snowboarder & Founder of Adaptive Action Sports


At 19, after experiencing flu-like symptoms, Amy a massage therapist was rushed to the hospital in a state of septic shock. En route, she experienced respiratory and multiple organ failure which caused her to lose circulation to her extremities. When she entered into the hospital she was given less than a 2% chance of survival, put on life support and placed into a coma. After multiple blood transfusions, and the removal of her ruptured spleen, doctors diagnosed Amy with Meningococcal Meningitis a highly deadly bacterial blood infection. Due to septic shock doctors had to amputate her legs below the knee. She later received a donated kidney from her father a week before her 21st birthday.

After going through this life-altering experience, Amy challenged herself to move on with her life and attain goals that even those who have both legs struggle to achieve. Just three months after her kidney transplant, Amy entered the USASA National Snowboarding Championship where she won medals in three events. Today, she is the most decorated Paralympic snowboarder in U.S. history and a three-time Paralympic Medalist. Amyʼs creativity, positive outlook and her never give up attitude have opened doors to many other opportunities including being featured in a Madonna music video, a lead actress role in an award-winning film, she and her husband were featured on the TV show the Amazing Race and most recently Amy came in 2nd Place on the hit ABC show Dancing with the Stars with her partner Derek Hough.

Amy has evolved into a powerful motivational keynote speaker who has literally been seen by millions of people and invited to speak to audiences around the world from small groups to the largest corporations in the world. She’s toured the country sharing her remarkable story alongside Oprah Winfrey, as part of Oprah’s The Life You Want Tour. She was featured in a SuperBowl commercial which has since been named one of the Top 20 Super Bowl Commercials Of All Time. Her autobiography, On My Own Two Feet, quickly became a New York Times Best Seller, is now published around the world in ten different languages. Amy is also a Founder of Adaptive Action Sports with her husband that trains athletes with disabilities in action sports. Their organization is top in the US for developing Paralympic Snowboarders.

Speaker Videos

TEDx: Living Beyond Limits

Greeting Adversity

All in to Win

Speech Topics

On My Own Two Feet: From Losing My Legs to Learning the Dance of Life

Amy Purdy encourages us to take control of our lives, and our limits. The world fell in love with Amy as the incredible girl with bionic legs who managed to out-dance her competitors all the way to the season 18 finale of Dancing with the Stars. She reveals the powerful, moving story of her personal spiritual awakening as a result of a sudden and often fatal blood infection that caused her to lose both of her legs. Despite her grim prognosis, she was determined to not just beat the odds and walk again but to create a life filled with bold adventures, big dreams, and boundless vitality—and share that spirit with the world. Amy seized her second chance at life and earned a bronze medal in adaptive snowboarding at the 2014 Paralympic Games. Her story is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the capacity we all have to defy expectations and rewrite our own stories.