In 1963, Emma was named athlete of the year at her high school. Shortly afterwards, she was involved in a deadly train and automobile accident, which left her a bilateral double leg amputee.
After many surgeries, she learned to use both prostheses well enough to walk without any type of aid and operates an automobile without hand controls. Having worked as a counselor, she motivates others with disabilities; has been affiliate with the Toastmasters; has shared on television, in newspapers, and hosted a radio talk show. Her first book will be published in September 2009. Emma lives a very rewarding and independent life.