8-Year-Old Amputee Keeps on Dancing With One Leg
Alissa Sizemore of Vernal, Utah, was playing outside in May 2014 when she ran toward the curb and a UPS truck ran over her right leg. Doctor's were unable to save her foot and had to amputate her leg below the knee.
But that didn't stop the determined 8-year-old from pursing her biggest dream -- dance.
While still getting around in a wheelchair and on crutches, Alissa was planning to return to dance and secretely started rehearsing in the dance studio her father, Phillip had built for her and her sisters.
She told People magazine, "I just didn't want to give up. Dancing has been my favorite thing since I was 4. I don't have part of my leg, but I can't let that stop me. I still want to dance."
Phillip said, "I also knew that she was very determined and never gives up. She's always been like that."
Residents of her hometown got together and raised enough money to help Alissa get her prosthetic leg. The biggest donation of $10,000 came from 11-year-old Lily Wilson who auctioned off her pig she was raising for her 4-H club.
Lily said, "Such a terrible thing happened to Alissa. Selling my pig was the right thing to do."
Just four months after the accident, Alissa's mom, Heather took Alissa to her sister's dance studio where she shocked everyone by asking to join the class and rehearse for their February recital.
"She hopped to the middle of the room and gave it her all. She wasn't going to let anybody hold her back," said Heather.
Alissa performed a solo in the recital to Colbie Caillat's song "Try," about feeling beautiful no matter what. She began her dance with her prosthetic leg, and halfway through, removed it to finish her performance with artful balance and grace.
The crowd went wild and there wasn't a dry eye in the house.
Since her recital, Alissa performed in Gentri's 'Dare' music video and steals the spotlight. Looks like her dancing dreams have come true.