Amy Purdy Speaker Profile
Amy Purdy Biography
Amy Purdy is a double amputee, competitive snowboarder and spokesperson for the Challenged Athletes Foundation. She was born in Las Vegas.
At the age of 19, she contracted Neisseria meningitis, a form of bacterial meningitis. Due to the disease, which affected her circulatory system, both of her legs had to be amputated below the knee and her spleen had to be removed. Two years later, she received a kidney transplant from her father. Her friends now refer to her by the nickname Lucky.
Purdy began snowboarding seven months after she received her leg prosthetics. About a year after her legs were amputated, she came in third place in a snowboarding competition at Mammoth Mountain. Subsequently, she received a grant from the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF), a non-profit organization. Through this grant, she was able to compete in several snowboarding competitions in the U.S.
In 2003, Purdy was recruited by the CAF as spokesperson. She moved to San Diego to be closer to the CAF headquarters. In San Diego, she continued her pre-amputee profession as a massage therapist. She also got involved in the modeling and acting industry. In February 2003, she played a model in a Madonna music video. Later in 2003, Purdy started working for Freedom Innovations, a prosthetic feet manufacturer, as Amputee Advocate. She has gone on to co-found her own non-profit organization, Adaptive Action Sports, for individuals with physical disabilities who want to get involved in action sports (snowboarding, skateboarding, surfing) or art and music.
In 2005, Purdy made her film debut in What's Buggin Seth, a movie by Eli Steele.
In 2012 CBS announced that Purdy had been cast in the 21st edition of The Amazing Race. Her racing partner is Daniel Gale and the team is described as a dating on and off couple. They ended up in 10th place out of 11 teams and were the second team eliminated in The Amazing Race 21 at Surabaya, Indonesia.
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Posted on 24 August 2015 | 3:00 pm
Actress and world-class snowboarder Amy Purdy has been announced as the keynote speaker for Imaging USA 2016 that is taking place from January 10-13 at the Georgia World Congree Center in Atlanta, Georgia. At this even more than 10,000 photography industry professionals will gather to get inspired and network with other people who do similar Read More
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