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    Meet Kanya Sesser + Details about my latest project.

    Kanya Sesser, 22, was born without legs, taken in by monks when she was abandoned as a newborn at a Buddhist temple in her country, Thailand, and adopted by American parents at age 7. She lives her motto “No legs, no limits” through everything she does, especially as an athlete. A model, part-time community college student and avid skateboarder and surfer, Sesser is especially serious about her sports: She previously trained to be a member of the U.S. Paralympic Team in 2012 and is setting her sights on a spot on the team for the 2018 Winter Paralympic Games in South Korea.

    Kanya Sesser photographed at Venice Beach by Michelle Yap.

    Kanya Sesser photographed at Venice Beach by Michelle Yap.

    That’s Kanya’s story in a nutshell and why it’s become my latest passion project. I originally pitched her story as a print one but was turned down. Reluctant to let the opportunity go, though, I decided to hire my own crew (me, a cameraman/sound mixer and my “production assistant” sister who has a) never been a production assistant and b) worked for a burrito) to interview Kanya as she participated in an adaptive skateboarding event at Venice Beach. Upon hearing about my project, my friend Silas generously offered his music library for me to use in my limited web series about Kanya, the first two episodes of which I produced and edited and are posted below.

    Interviewing Kanya on Venice Beach. Photo by Michelle Yap.

    Interviewing Kanya on Venice Beach. Photo by Michelle Yap.

    There are stories that hit a nerve, that reach through the screen or paper and resonate with you deeply not only because they are inspiring and interesting, but also because they make you examine yourself. That’s what I find fascinating and engrossing about stories like Kanya’s; I hope that’s what you find, too. More to come.

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    Comment from Gabe Brillante
    Time October 11, 2016 at 3:06 am

    You are an amazing, proud and brave woman and example. Keep it up!

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