Showing their mettle – Peggy Chenoweth lost her leg, but none of her spirit. She organized the first Strut Your Stuff Day on her blog, "The Tales of an Amputee Mommy," in 2011.
Showing their mettle – Chenoweth encourages people to display their prosthetics and residual limbs in public to bring awareness to the limb loss community.
Showing their mettle – "Try to be proud in who you are and know that you are part of a bigger movement," says Chenoweth.
Showing their mettle – Holden Mora was born with a condition called symbrachydactyly, which resulted in his left hand not being fully formed.
Showing their mettle – Holden's parents, Bridget and Peter Mora, make sure to teach him that his limb difference doesn't have to hold him back. They use opportunities like Show Your Mettle to show him positive images of people with limbs like his own.
Showing their mettle – Anissa Gustafson lost her leg in a car accident four years ago. She opts for a realistic looking prosthetic part of the time. "I don't see it as being ashamed of my leg," she says. "For me it's just a matter of feeling more whole and beautiful."
Showing their mettle – Gustafson's prosthetic cost $20,000 and closely mirrors her own, original leg.
Showing their mettle – A closer view of Gustafson's prosthetic.
Showing their mettle – "I don't feel defined by my amputation," says Chenoweth. "It's definitely part of who I am, but I am so much more than an amputee."