Posted: Oct 12, 2012 6:23 PM EDT Updated: Oct 28, 2012 6:23 PM EDT

By Karen Campbell - email


Johnny Hudson is shown speaking Friday, Oct. 12, 2012. (Photo: WBOC)

Johnny Hudson is shown speaking
Friday, Oct. 12, 2012. (Photo: WBOC)


LAUREL, Del.- Johnny Hudson was born without arms or legs, but he still manages to get around.


He uses his foot, attached to where his knee should be, to maneuver a joystick for his steering wheel.


"The challenging part was actually getting the vehicle," said Hudson.

A vehicle that he drove Friday, by himself, to Laurel Intermediate School in Sussex County.


He spoke to the kids about hope and never giving up on life.


"We all have to accept the way we're born because we can't change it," said Hudson.


Hudson also talked to kids about suicide.


"It's a taboo. We're not talking about it. We're not educating our young people that it's OK to be yourself. It's OK to be liked. It's OK to like yourself. We're not teaching about the statistics on suicide," said Hudson.


Hudson said kids as young as 5-years-old have committed suicide.


Pastor C. K. White said Hudson has never been one to give up on life.  The two met in college more than 10 years ago.


"If anyone would have a reason to quit or give up on life it would be someone like a Johnny, but he's not. he kept going," said White.


"We think that we're OK, but really there's an epidemic of suicide happening. My goal is to go around and teach the statistics so that we can rise above it," said Hudson.


"Life is too precious," Hudson said. "We can overcome the moment that we're in now and still be and live a successful life."


He hopes others can -- and will -- do the same.
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Johnny Hudson Schools Laurel Students On Suicide Prevention Posted: Oct 12, 2012 5:08 PM EDT Updated: Oct 19, 2012 4:59 PM EDT By Alyana Gomez, Reporter


Nearly 16 percent of high school teens nationwide admit they've considered suicide. That's why one Maryland man is sharing his life-changing experience with teens in Delaware.


"Don't take your life, don't do it, life is worth living," said Dr. Johnny Hudson, a public speak from Baltimore.


Hudson is a true inspiration. He was born with a condition that left him with no arms or legs, and just one foot. He hit rock bottom when he was a teen, and even thought of suicide.


However, Hudson says he overcame that. He's now a husband, proud father and very independent. In fact, he's mastered the skill of driving, and is definitely better behind the wheel than most.


"If this is the worst day that you're having, then tomorrow is going to be a better day," said Hudson. He hopes his words of wisdom will strike a chord with students from Laurel Middle School. No surprise, he was a big hit, especially with his personal digs.


"You might be an armless guy if you ever said 'look ma no hands'," he said. "Yeah I was very impressed," said 8th grader, Nick Little.


"When he was making the jokes and stuff about how he had no arms it showed me he was happy with himself," said 8th grader, Tyanna Handy.

Tragedy has struck Delaware schools at least five times in the past year, but many students say they've learned a valuable lesson.


"Nothing is ever too bad that you should have to kill yourself and if you ever think about it, you should probably talk to someone about," said Daisy Tillman.
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Aug 19, 2006 7:06 pm US/Eastern


Man With No Arms, One Leg Gets A Driver's License


Gigi Barnett






(WJZ) EDGEWOOD, Md. A big disability isn't stopping one Harford County man from reaching his longtime goal of driving his very own car.


Johnny Hudson has no arms and only one leg, but his optimism, charisma, and versatility drove him to learn how to tackle a major challenge for someone in his position: getting his driver's license.


The 28-year-old, who uses his right foot to operate his wheelchair -- and for just about everything else including writing, feeding himself, even bowling -- actually got his driver's license just last month.


"I passed with flying colors," he told WJZ's Gigi Barnett.


But without a specially-altered car, Hudson won't get far.


"You have to make first a joy stick to operate the power of the vehicle. A touch pad that he can operate all of the accessories. Some parts of the vehicle will be voice activated," said Dave Serio, Hudson's friend who took part in a fundraiser for Hudson on Saturday.


Through a special program, the state will take care of the bill for those modifications. But Hudson has to get the new car first and got off to a good start thanks to fundraiser held by his friends in Harford County.


"He's got the attitude that people don't owe him anything, and that's so refreshing in this era where everybody thinks, 'This has got to be done for me.' He doesn't feel that way," Serio said.


So far, Hudson has raised about $15,000 -- half of the $30,000 needed to purchase the special minivan he hopes to soon purchase.


"If you watch him for 30 seconds operating that wheelchair, you realize this is not going to be a challenge for him," Serio said.


And while Hudson stays optimistic about his current goal, he also maintains a great sense of humor about his challenge.


"It's going to cost an arm and a leg, and I don't have any to spare," he said.


If you'd like to help Hudson reach his goal, click the "Donation" link at the bottom of the page.



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