Liu Wei is a twenty five year old disabled pianist from Beijing, China. He was just ten years old when he had both arms amputated after touching a high-voltage wire during a game of hide-and-seek. Despite his new challenges, Liu Wei was determined to learn to care for himself. His parents encouraged him to learn to do things on his own, so that he would be able to grow up as a productive member of society. His mother would always remind him that he was no different from the others, but that he had to work harder to achieve success.
While in the hospital, Lui met an armless painter and he used that as inspiration and motivation to learn to do more things for himself. He learned to use his feet to write, to eat, to brush his teeth, pick up objects and all other tasks of daily living. Liu Wei even learned to be an excellent swimmer and, in 2002, he won two gold medals and one silver medal at the Chinese National Swimming Championships for the Disabled.
He started playing piano seven years ago at the age of 18. It was difficult and he often had to practice seven hours a day, just to progress. In 2010, he entered the China's Got Talent competition and he moved the audience to tears with his first performance. Lui Wei went on to win he competition with his final performance. (see video above)
Liu Wei is an amazing role model for anyone who feels that they have challenges in their life that are too great to overcome. He continues to inspire people across the world every day.
Patrick Ivison was just 14 months old when he was run over by a car. He was walking with his mother when he was run over by a stranger causing severe damage. He sustained a spinal cord injury and spent six weeks in the hospital before leaving in a wheel chair. He was paralyzed from the waist down. The September 1995 accident changed his life forever.
But Patrick never let these challenges hold him back and he kept his spirits high. As a teenager, he entered the U.S. Open of Surfing and was a featured athlete at the event. He was also a member of his high school surf team in San Diego, California. Videos of Patrick surfing are all over You Tube.
Patrick became an ambassador for Life Rolls On, a subsidiary of the Chris and Dianna Reeve Foundation. He was featured on the Today Show where he discussed his motivation for life and his inspirational outlook. "It is important to get back out there and live life to the fullest, with or without an injury," said Patrick.
In June 2012, Patrick fulfilled a promise when he walked across the stage to accept his diploma at Scripps High School. To an auditorium full of applause and cheers, Patrick struggled to take step after step across the stage. Watch the video above to see a true moment of inspiration.
Patrick routinely is requested as a motivational speaker and even gave a talk for TEDx Youth program in San Diego. (see video below). During the talk, he shared a favorite quote of his that inspires him every day to live life to the fullest: "Don't be afraid your life will end, be afraid that it will never begin."