A 17-year-old African-American girl named Donavia Walker from Florida who was born with a rare condition called Bilateral Amelia has successfully made it into the US army cadet. According to Truly, the teenager living with a disability is a squad administrator on the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC).
The Junior Reserve Officer cadet is a federal program sponsored by the United States Armed Forces in high schools as well as some middle schools across the US and United States military bases across the world. The program was originally created as part of the National Defense Act of 1916 and later expanded under the 1964 ROTC Vitalisation Act.
Sergeant Major Rudy Carter, a retired US Army officer who served as an instructor to the young lady, revealed he is greatly inspired by the relentlessness, hard work and success of the young black girl.
“Every day that I see her walk through my classroom is a day that I realise that when I get up in the morning, there is nothing that should limit me or nothing should hold me back,” Major Rudy said.
The 17-year-old drives, walks, draws, brushes her teeth and hair, eats and performs every other activity almost effortlessly without anyone’s help. She even uses her feet to text and does not pity herself or her situation even for a second.
“People just watch me and tell me I aspire them so much. I got my nickname Angel from my grandma because I do not have arms, I have wings,” Donavia said.
The young achiever said she used to get a lot of negativity in the past because people did not believe she was capable of anything.