“Glass Arm” Cinderella

“Glass Arm” Cinderella


CALIFORNIA WOMAN WITH A PASSION FOR COSTUME MAKING. PRIYA SRIDHAR GOT A CHANCE TO SPEAK WITH HER ABOUT HOW SHE TURNED ADVERSITY INTO INSPIRATION FOR KIDS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. ” –NATS– MANDY PURSLEY: NOW SAID HER GODMOTHER ARE YOU READY TO GO CINDERELLA LOOKED DOWN AT HER CLOTHES. SHE HATED TO SEEM UNGRATEFUL BUT SHE COULD HARDLY GO TO A BALL DRESSED LIKE THIS. ONCE UPON A TIME…IN OCEANSIDE…LIVED A WOMAN MANDY, HER HUSBAND RYAN AND THEIR EIGHT YEAR OLD DAUGHTER CAYLEIGH. THEIR TALE IS ONE OF HAPPINESS, LOVE AND FAMILY…BUT IT WASN’T ALWAYS AN EASY ONE MANDY WAS BORN WITHOUT AN ARM… MANDY PURSLEY: THEY THINK THAT AN AMBIOTIC BAND WRAPPED AROUND IT AND JUST KEPT IT FROM DEVELOPING IT PROPERLY, SO I’VE HAD MY WHOLE LIFE TO ADAPT AND FIGURE OUT HOW TO DO THE THING THAT I WANT TO DO. AFTER SPENDING HER CHILDHOOD BOUNCING FROM PLACE TO PLACE WITH HER FATHER WHO WAS A PASTOR, MANDY EVENTUALLY SETTLED DOWN IN FLORIDA IT WAS THERE THAT MANDY MET RYAN EVENTUALLY THEY GOT MARRIED…AND HAD A BABY GIRL RYAN PURSLEY: OUR SECOND VALENTINES DAY WE I WENT OUT AND BOUGHT HER A SEWING MACHINE BECAUSE IN THE MARINES CORPS MY JOB IS A FLIGHT EQUIPMENT TECHNICIAN SO OUR JOB IS BASICALLY TO SEW AND REPAIR FABRIC THINGS THAT THE AIR CREW USES…I BOUGHT HER A SEWING MACHINE BECAUSE SHES A THEATER ARTS MAJOR AND SHE HAD HER OWN LITTLE BOOK OF COSTUMES SHE WANTED TO DESIGN FOR THEATER. –NATS– IT WAS THAT HOBBY THAT ENDED UP TRANSFORMING MANDY INTO A FAIRY GODMOTHER HERSELF SHE CREATED SOME COSTUMES FOR HER DAUGHTER AND FRIENDS, BUT THEN SHE GOT INSPIRED MANDY PURSLEY: MY DAUGHTER HAD BEEN STUDYING CINDERELLA STORIES AT SCHOOL AND I REALIZED THAT THERE WERE ALL THESE BEAUTIFUL TALES FROM AROUND THE WORLD BUT THERE WERE STILL NO PRINCESSES WHO LOOKED LIKE ME SO I JUST HAD THE THOUGHT IF THIS CHARACTER DOESN’T EXIST I’M GOING TO CREATE HER. –NATS– SHE SPENT SIXTY HOURS CREATING A CINDERELLA BALL GOWN… –NATS– AND ANOTHER FORTY CREATING ONE FOR HER PRINCE CHARMING. SHE WASN’T SURE EXACTLY WHAT SHE WANTED TO DO WITH IT ALL, BUT SHE KNEW SHE WANTED TO HIGHLIGHT AND CELEBRATE HER DIFFERENCE MANDY PURSLEY: WHEN I WAS GROWING UP, I RARELY SAW ANYONE WHO LOOKED LIKE ME ON TELEVISION. I STILL HAD NEVER SEEN AMPUTEE WOMEN BEING PORTRAYED AS BEAUTIFUL OR STRONG AND SO I THINK IT TOOK ME A REALLY LONG TIME TO RECOGNIZE THAT THE THINGS THAT MAKE US DIFFERENT AND UNIQUE CAN ACTUALLY BE REALLY POSITIVE TRAITS. AND THAT WAS THE TWIST… MANDY DECIDED INSTEAD OF A GLASS SLIPPER…HER CINDERELLA WOULD HAVE A GLASS ARM AFTER TELLING FRIENDS ABOUT HER PLAN, SHE WAS LINKED UP TO A SCULPTOR IN ARIZONA WHO TOOK ONE OF HER PROSTHETIC ARMS AND CREATED A GLASS-LOOKING ONE OUT OF CLEAR RESIN SHE POSTED THE PICTURES ON HER FACEBOOK AND OVERNIGHT…THE POST WENT VIRAL WITH THOUSANDS OF LIKES. MANDY PURSLEY: I’VE ACTUALLY BEEN AMAZED THAT EVERYONE HAS BEEN SO POSITIVE AND ENCOURAGING. IT’S KIND OF SCARY TO JUST PUT YOURSELF OUT THERE ON THE INTERNET LIKE THIS BUT ITS BEEN INCREDIBLE HOW EVERYONE HAS JUST HAD POSITIVE MESSAGES TO CONVEY. SHE NOW HAS RECEIVED MESSAGES AND PICTURES FROM FAMILIES ACROSS THE UNITED STATES WHO SAY SHE’S AN INSPIRATION. HER PRINCE CHARMING SAYS ALL OF THIS COULDNT BE HAPPENING TO A BETTER PERSON. RYAN PURSLEY: I’M VERY PROUD OF HER, DEFINITELY, SHES DESERVES IT SHES A VERY SWEET PERSON SHES A VERY COMPASSIONATE PERSON FOR PEOPLE. MANDY HAS CREATED A NEW FACEBOOK PAGE WHERE SHE’S INVITED HER FOLLOWERS TO SHARE THEIR OWN STORIES ABOUT CELEBRATING THEIR DIFFERENCES MANDY PURSLEY: I BEGAN TO REALIZE THIS IS SOMETHING REALLY SPECIAL AND I AT LEAST WANTED KIDS WHO WERE LIKE ME, WHO HAD SOME PHYSICAL DIFFERENCE OR LIMB DIFFERENCE, TO BE ABLE TO SEE IT TO MAYBE INSPIRE THEM THAT THEY CAN BE THE HERO OF THEIR OWN STORY, TOO.”

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