When Gabi Shull from Missouri was only nine years old, she had to have part of her leg amputated due to osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer that affected her knee. But as you can see, that hasn’t stopped the young ballerina from dancing!


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The cancer was found when Gabi had an x-ray after injuring herself ice-skating. It looked like she’d never dance again but the now fifteen-year-old just can’t stop moving thanks to a revolutionary form of surgery called rotationplasty. Surgeons reattached her foot to the remainder of her leg at a 180 degree angle so that it could fit into a prosthetic in such a way as to allow her to continue dancing. And that’s exactly what Gabi is doing! She takes pointe, hip-hop, tap, jazz, contemporary and lyrical dance classes, and she also dances competitively. Not only that but she’s also a national spokesperson for a children’s cancer awareness organization called The Truth 365. Could this girl be any more awesome? We think not. (h/t: cosmopolitan)

When Gabi Shull was only nine years old, she had to have part of her leg amputated due to cancer

Image credits: Debbie Shull

But that hasn’t stopped the young ballerina from dancing!

Image credits: Andrew Thomas

She had a revolutionary form of surgery called rotationplasty

Image credits: Andrew Thomas

Surgeons reattached her foot to the remainder of her leg at a 180 degree angle

Image credits: Andrew Thomas

This enabled it to fit into a prosthetic in such a way as to allow her to continue dancing

Image credits: Andrew Thomas

And that’s exactly what Gabi is doing! Could this girl be any more awesome?

Image credits: Andrew Thomas

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