By Fleur Magbanua-Mansur, ABS-CBN North America Bureau
Nov. 27, 2013
MESA, AZ – FilAm armless Pinay pilot and motivational speaker Jessica Cox family in the Philippines was not spared from typhoon Yolanda’s fury.
Cox’s aunt was among the thousands who lost their lives.
“One of my great-aunts drowned so it hits close to home,” she said.
Most of her relatives live in the town of Mercedes in the Municipality of Guiuian in Eastern Samar. This area is one of the most devastated by the storm.
“I have been there numerous times. I was just there in February. Unfortunately, I have a feeling, that when I go back, we won’t be able to recognize the place,” she said.
Cox said that in times of crisis, Filipinos will always come together and help one another…not only to survive, but to rebuild.
“Filipinos have the resilience and the capability to pull themselves back up and I will be very proud to see them recover. I want to let them know that my heart is with them,” Cox expressed.
Cox is joining kababayans across the country in raising funds for the victims of Typhoon Yolanda, especially those with disability.
She said, “I do want to help the best way I can and the best thing to do right now is to get the word out that we are collecting funds.
Handicap International is on the ground now working to help all those victims.”
Cox said she is hoping to go back to Eastern Samar in March of 2014.