Speaker born without arms talks about challenges he has overcome
Published: May 16, 2005
DENVER (CNS) -- Born without arms, John Foppe knows a lot about challenges -- and about transcending them. More than 500 people turned out at an April 29 luncheon to hear his message of faith, hope and love as he described how he overcame his disabilities to find personal fulfillment and professional success as a motivational speaker. The luncheon benefited the Denver archdiocesan Seeds of Hope Charitable Trust, which has distributed more than $9.2 million in tuition assistance to more than 6,100 needy students in inner-city schools since its founding eight years ago. The 35-year-old Foppe, who uses his feet as his hands, calls his physical disability a "condition." "A condition is basically anything that can get in your way of living a full, happy and productive life," Foppe said. "It's never about the condition itself," he added. "It's always about our response to it."
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