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Man born without arms and legs gives inspirational message to Indiana teens

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MADISON, Ind. (WDRB) -- Nick Vujicic is 29 inches tall. Born without legs and arms, he was a victim of teasing and bullying.

"At age 10, I tried to drown myself in my bathtub," he said. "I turned over three times. The third time I rolled over, I had one thought that stopped me. I didn't want to leave my parents with that pain, because they did nothing but love me."

Vujicic struggled with depression and loneliness, but turned his life around. He brought his message of hope, faith and self-worth to 4,200 students from five local schools. In conjunction with the Indiana Department of Education, the state simulcasted his talk to other schools and communities.

Students say it cost $20,000 to bring him to Madison Consolidated High School, funded by some local businesses and individuals in Jefferson and Switzerland Counties. It's a message they all felt was important to hear.

"We don't have a lot of bullying, but we have some," said Hanna Doty, a student. "I believe we can help bring it to none."

The 31-year-old told the students everyone is going through something. Students need to reach out to others and end the bullying cycle.

"Do your best and God will do the rest," Vujicic said. "That's what my parents told me."

And that's what helped him get through his own school years. He is now an author who speaks around the world.

"I believe it's worse being in a broken home than having no arms and legs," he said.

He says teens need to stop listening and caring about the opinions of other people. He's heard people say to him, "Ick, you're ugly. Oh, you can't do anything. All the voices in your head, you're never going to get a job. You're never going to get married."

Vujicic graduated from college with two degrees: accounting and financial planning. He got married a couple of years ago and now has a 19-month-old son. He is President of the ministry he founded, Life without Limbs.

Jennifer Hensler, a Counselor at Madison Consolidated High School said, "I hope the students were touched by Nick's message today, and I hope that they take it away as a challenge to them, that they are going to step outside the box and also step up and help others."

"Don't let anyone tell you who you are not," Vujicic said. "I don't care how you look, how smart you think you are, how popular you are...I believe every single human being has value."

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