Nick Vujicic may have been born without limbs, but in the wicked-sense-of-humor department, he’s blessed. “Kids are curious about me,” Vujicic told PEOPLE.com with a laugh, “Whenever they come up and ask, ‘What happened?’ I tell them, ‘Cigarettes.'”
For the past 15 years, the Australian-born Vujicic, whose lack of arms and legs is the result of an extremely rare congenital condition called Tetra-amelia syndrome, has used his humor and faith to inspire millions of people. The 32-year-old motivational dynamo now jets around the globe, speaking to packed stadiums of 100,000, meeting with world leaders and writing bestselling books.
“My message,” says Vujicic, who contemplated suicide as a child, “has always been love yourself, dream big, don’t give up and hope is everything.”