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World's first armless pilot Jessica Cox honored by Egyptian President

Posted at 9:42 PM, Dec 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-17 23:42:19-05

TUCSON, Ariz. — World's first armless pilot Jessica Cox was honored this past week by the Egyptian President for her accomplishments.

Cox was one among hundreds of special guests presenting at the World Youth Forum in Sharm El-Shiekh this past weekend, where she shared her story of how she overcame obstacles of learning how to fly with only her feet.

Cox spoke with Egyptian youth about disability, challenges, and pursuing their dream's.

Egyptian President Abdelfattah El-Sisi awarded Cox in a special ceremony with fewer than a dozen special honorees recognized.

The World Youth Forum is a platform for youth to engage with policymakers, network with youth around the globe who are set on making the world a better place for everyone. World Youth Forum was first held in November 2017, and is attended by a variety of participants from around the world.

Jessica Cox is a Tucson native who graduated from Flowing Well High School. She is an alumni from the University of Arizona with a bachelor's degree in Psychology.

Cox has become a pilot, entrepreneur, disability advocate, scuba diver, black belt and Taekwondo champion, she has also completed the 40-mile segment of El Tour de Tucson.

Cox went on to become an international motivational speaker in 2005.

Since 2005 she has been to 20 countries for motivational speaking presentations.

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