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Armless Pilot Speaks With Mosinee Students Submitted: 02/19/2013
Story By Shardaa Gray


MOSINEE - Imagine having to drive a car, brush your teeth and do all the normal things without your arms.

Jessica Cox has been doing that since birth, but that hasn't stopped her from conquering her fear.

"My greatest fear was flying. So I decided to face it head on and become a pilot." said Cox.

But it hasn't been a smooth ride her whole life.

"I was the type in junior high and high school student who wanted to blend in," Jessica said.

"Who wanted to go unnoticed, but my message now, because I've grown into an adult my confidence levels have increased, is to teach others to be confident about themselves about their difference and it's ok to be different."

That's why Jessica came to Mosinee high school Tuesday.

Student Anthony Gesick helped bring her here.

He's partially blind and is unable to operate a vehicle or fly a plane, but that's not stopping him either.

Jessica wants all the students to know they can do anything.

"I hope people can take away to celebrate differences. To realize that we are very different. We're also very similar in many ways," said Cox.

"So we all want to be accepted and we should accept ourselves. If I can fly an airplane, there's so much they can do."

Students seem to be catching on to her message.

"Don't use 'I can't' because obviously you can overcome anything you want," said Junior Mosinee High School Student, Jonah Siranni.

"You don't have to give up. Don't do it because you can do anything you want."

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