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Nov 16, 2013 12:22 AM by Samantha Ptashkin

Tucsonan born without arms helping disabled typhoon victims

TUCSON- If you have lived in Tucson for quite a while, you have probably heard of Jessica Cox.

Born without arms, Cox now flies airplanes, drives cars and is recognized internationally as a motivational speaker.

Her mother was born in the Philippines and still has a lot of family in Bobon and hard-hit Guiuan.

Many of her family members are safe, but Cox hasn't been able to communicate with her elderly uncle, since before the typhoon hit. "It has been extremely stressful because my uncle just suffered from a stroke, so he's not really able to walk," Cox says.

Cox knows he is alive, but since she hasn't been able to talk to him, she doesn't know if he is receiving his medications. "He needs blood pressure medication and that is a very big concern because if he doesn't receive the medication, it will not be good for his health," Cox says.

Knowing all too well herself what it is like to struggle physically, Cox wants to raise awareness about an organization called Handicap International. It helps ensure that even the most vulnerable victims get the help they need. "It's hard enough to survive a typhoon without a disability, but to be in a wheelchair and have limited mobility, it's just very difficult," Cox says.

As more time passes, Cox hopes aid will reach all areas impacted by Typhoon Haiyan, but waiting is difficult and until she hears from her family, all she can do is pray.

If you would like to learn more about Handicap International click here.

To learn more about Jessica Cox, click here.


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