February 16, 2017


A young man born without limbs faces life's challenges with boldness, confidence, and love from his family.
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Samir Madden, a UA student, has overcome superficial perceptions of who he is and in doing so, spreads his message of universal acceptance to his community and beyond.

From the beginning, it was clear that a boy born in India named Samir was not destined for an ordinary life. Born without arms or legs, he was adopted by a family from Tucson when he was 5, and soon learned for himself to make the most of his differences -- and opportunities.

Now, Sami Madden is a Religious Studies & History major at the University of Arizona, and keeps up with his busy schedule with help from prosthetic legs, and a service dog named Ashka. He is also reaching out to young people to share his experience and message. Mitchell Riley brings us the story...

Producer/Editor: Mitchell Riley
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