Sabine Becker

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Sabine was born without arms, due to the drug Thalidomide, which was freely prescribed in Germany in the early 60s to help pregnant women with anxiety, insomnia and especially morning sickness.

Over 20,000 babies were born with never before seen birth defects. Arms or legs were either missing or terribly deformed.

60% of the Thalidomide babies never saw their 1st birthday!

Sabine has adjusted well to a life without arms by using her feet for all daily tasks, such as getting dressed, combing her hair, brushing her teeth, writing, typing on a computer keyboard and driving a non-modified car.

However, in 2012 she suffered a massive stroke while driving her car. She barely survived, but her entire left side was paralyzed. During 12 months of physical and occupational therapy, Sabine had to learn how to walk and how to use her left foot for all daily tasks again.

Unfortunately, her small left arm remains paralyzed.

Just one year ago, she barely could walk 2 miles however, in celebration of her 7th Stroke Survival Anniversary, Sabine has decided to run the Los Angeles Marathon.

After 6 months of hard training, which had its struggles and triumphs, she feels ready to finish the 26.2-miles Marathon on March 24, 2019.

 As a survivor, Sabine believes that by being Armed with Perseverance, ANYBODY can transform obstacles into POSSIBILITIES and Empowering Reality, regardless of their abilities.