In March of 2012, a tornado ripped through Stephanie's town of Henryville, Indiana. Stephanie, a 37-year-old mother, found herself in a life-altering moment. As her house began to disintegrate around her, she shielded her two young children with her body. Her dream home fell in, crushing her legs, but because of her heroic actions, Stephanie's children were amazingly unscathed. On top of that, it was a miracle that she even survived and made it to the hospital. At that point, doctors determined that parts of both legs would need to be amputated.
Since the accident, Stephanie has inspired a nation. She has appeared on the Today Show, The Ellen Degeneres Show, ABC World News Tonight (as "person of the week"), and featured in publications such as USA Today, and People Magazine. She also started the Stephanie Decker Foundation which helps children with prosthetics enjoy sports and the same athletic opportunities as others and helps people gain access to leading-edge prosthetics.
Stephanie and her family also made a personal visit to the White House to meet President Barack Obama in which she walked into the Oval Office.