At just age nine, Joanne was diagnosed with an aggressive bone tumour, which started in her leg and spread into her torso; a rare and extreme amputation saved her life. Due to the rarity and complexity of her amputation, Joanne has never had a successful artificial leg, but she has never given up looking for someone to invent one for her.
Since becoming disabled she has always been determined to be positive, gaining a degree in Art and beginning a career with the BBC on Blue Peter, then making documentaries about disability issues.
“I was resourced to learn to fly a plane solo in just over 18 hours. I know flying solo isn’t the aim of the scholarship, but it was a fantastic way for me to end my three weeks. It was the icing on the cake – a gift beyond measure”