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Why's Amy Purdy Speaking at Imaging USA? Pt. 2 - PPA Today

Why's Amy Purdy Speaking at Imaging USA? Pt. 2

by James Yates 

Because sometimes being an internationally recognized symbol for overcoming adversity just isn't enough and some of you wonder where the connection is, we will be spending the next several weeks helping you get to know Amy Purdy. You'll quickly understand why we're so excited to have her be part of Imaging USA 2016!

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Each week you'll see a highlight on Amy, and how the inspiration and insight she provides make perfect sense for this year's convention! Be sure to go back and read last week's post and find out about Amy's non-profit, Adaptive Action Sports.
This week, we're looking at the platform where most of America learned about Amy: a televised dancing competition. We've scoured the internet to bring you recaps and video clips of Amy's amazing 2nd place finish on ABC's Dancing with the Stars!
Even before Season 18 of Dancing with the Stars (DWTS) began in 2014, there was buzz building in the entertainment news world that Amy Purdy was "one to watch". She was only the second double-amputee to compete in the top-rated reality competition series.
Just a few weeks into the competition, Amy brought the house down with her "Inspirational" dance. It was based on her relationship with her father, who provided Amy with a life-saving kidney transplant as her donor. "My dad gave me one of his kidneys," she said. "I always say that my dad gave me life twice. He brought me into this world, and then through his gift he kept me in this world." You have to check out the dance as well as the recap provided by The Daily Mail. But BE WARNED: Lots of tears within.
The Dancing with the Stars YouTube channel has all Amy's past performances including a fantastic Jazz performance of "Too Darn Hot" and Amy performing like, in the words of judge Bruno Tonioli, "a superhero", to the Jive... one of the most difficult DWTS routines.

Take a look at Amy and dance partner Derek Hough's appearance on Ellen during their run on DWTS. Amy truly exemplifies self-motivation, perseverance, and bigger-than-life goal settings. For the past few years she has worked relentlessly to share her passion for life, thriving on helping people Be More. How could PPA not be excited to bring her on-board as an amazing keynote speaker at Imaging USA?
Next week: long before she dazzled audiences with her dancing skills, Amy participated in another reality competition. We'll take a look at The Amazing Race and her meet-cute with partner and future husband, Daniel Gale.

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