Pedro contracted a fatal form of meningitis, while studying at university in September 2009, and was rushed to the hospital with a slim chance of surviving; nearly one hundred of his closest friends and family members took turns saying goodbye. Six months and two comas later, Pedro miraculously left the hospital alive, but in exchange, his limbs had been amputated above the elbows and knees. Pedro was destined to a life in a wheelchair. His doctors told him that no other amputee in his situation had gone on to successfully live an independent life on prosthetics. However, today Pedro lives independently in Florida. He is an international inspirational speaker, best-selling author, and a mentor to other amputees... Oh and miraculously he is back on the slopes snowboarding!
For a year or so Emma Lawton was feeling an odd sensation in her right hand, but passed it off as a trapped nerve. Eventually she was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease at the young age of 29. Parkinson's disease has challenged her both physically and emotionally, and has altered the way she strives to think positively when facing new challenges. Since her diagnosis, Emma has become committed to raising awareness and helping others with Parkinson's disease find their voice and overcome their own challenges. Today, she is a national spokesperson for Parkinson’s disease in the UK, Creative Director at Precedent, and has founded her own business.