Richie Parker views himself as just an ordinary guy. He has a job working as an automotive engineer at NASCAR company Hendrick Motorsports. He enjoys driving his 1964 Chevy Impala, a car he has owned since he was 15 years old, when he upgraded from his bicycle. And he is especially close with his family. What is extraordinary about this situation? Richie has no arms. Born with non-genetic bilateral amelia, Richie’s life today could be vastly different if not for his parents’ determination. They wanted to give their son as normal a childhood as possible. From opening a refrigerator door, to feeding himself with a spoon, Richie does everything a person with arms can do; he just does it a little bit differently. Richie’s attitude is never to view his life by what he cannot do, but simply what he has not yet done.


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  • Learn more about the International Child Amputee Network, a non-profit organization that offers support and information for children with missing limbs.
  • Consider supporting or volunteering for organizations such as Limbs for Life, which assist underprivileged individuals with prosthetic care, and raise awareness for amputees.

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