Alissa is an 8-year-old girl who just loves to dance. According to The Huffington Post, last May Alissa was playing outside with her sister and some friends when a tragic accident took place and a UPS truck ran over her right foot. She was rushed to the hospital, where doctors tried to save the limb, but ultimately her leg had to be amputated below the knee. Alissa recovered from the surgery, but the family’s insurance wouldn’t cover the full costs and the Sizemore family was unable to afford a prosthetic leg — until her amazing community in Vernal, Utah, stepped in.
Friends opened their hearts and their wallets and raised enough to help the Sizemore family pay for the surgery and the prosthetic limb. A sweet 11-year-old named Lily even auctioned off her prize pig, raising $10,000 for the cause. (Are you crying yet?)
Alissa told People, “Dancing has been my favorite thing since I was 4. I don’t have part of my leg, but I can’t let that stop me. I still want to dance.” Yes, girl. YES.
Her determination is undeniable. In February, not even a year after the accident Alissa went back to competing — with more heart than ever.
For her first competition she wore her prosthetic leg for the majority of the routine, then removed it for her finale — showing the world that no obstacle too big can keep you from doing what you love. Alissa got a standing ovation.
Alissa’s bravery, determination, and positivity was perfectly summed up in a quote she gave to People, “It was real hard losing my leg, because I love music and dancing so much . . . Everybody came together to get me dancing again. All of the teachers helped me and I knew there was no way I was going to give up. I love all of my teachers and I love that I can dance again.”
Watch Alissa’s inspiring performance, appropriately set to Colbie Caillat’s ‘Try’.
Go girl! You’re extraordinary.
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