Kathleen Sullivan received her first pair of prosthetics when she was 1. Now, she's a professional athlete preparing to compete in an international track and field competition in New Zealand.
Born without legs from above the knee down, Sullivan, 31, hasn't let it slow her down.
Doctors still don't know why she was born an amputee, and her mother had a normal pregnancy.
"I never owned a wheelchair in my entire life," she said. "And I guess that's a testament to my parents and what I was willing to try."
The Burbank resident tried on her first pair of running legs at 26 when she moved to California after college to pursue an acting career.
Encouraged by Hanger Prosthetics and Orthotics staff, she tried out for an open running competition.
Within a year-and-a-half, she competed at the Pan Am games in Rio de Janeiro as a member of the United States' Parapan team. She beat her personal record for the 100-meter race by 18 seconds.