Lack of hands is no handicap for Eric Turner

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Eric Turner, 39, takes an order at Pizza Hut on Tobacco Road on June 6, 2013. When not delivering pizzas, Turner answers phones, washes dishes, and other tasks in the restaurant. Turner, who was born with a birth defect that caused him to not have hands, works three jobs. "I could be sitting back and getting a government check, but I don't want someone telling me how much I can make," Turner said. "Let me be responsible for that. I want to be in control of my own destiny." JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Eric Turner, 39, prepares to make a delivery at the Pizza Hut on Tobacco Road on August 2, 2013. Turner, who was born with a birth defect that caused him to not have hands, works three jobs. "I could be sitting back and getting a government check, but I don't want someone telling me how much I can make," Turner said. "Let me be responsible for that. I want to be in control of my own destiny." JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Eric Turner, 39, makes a pizza delivery to an Augusta home on June 6, 2013. Turner, who was born with a birth defect that caused him to not have hands, works three jobs. "I could be sitting back and getting a government check, but I don't want someone telling me how much I can make," Turner said. "Let me be responsible for that. I want to be in control of my own destiny." JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Eric Turner, 39, drives to make a pizza delivery on June 6, 2013. Turner, who was born with a birth defect that caused him to not have hands, works three jobs. "I do feel like I take on too much sometimes," Turner said. I just try to be an iron man and steady going. I wanted to make sure I supported my family." Turner and his wife LaTasha have two sons, Deondre, 19, and Tavaris, 16, Mendenhall. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Eric Turner practices breathing techniques to strengthen his diaphragm during his second voice lesson with voice teacher Marilyn Tomeo at her home studio on June 15, 2013. Tomeo said the diaphragm is "a piece of the puzzle" when it comes to using one's voice properly. "When we're babies, we breathe from the diaphragm. As we grow older we breathe from the shoulders," Tomeo said. Turner has aspirations to become a voice actor but has little formal training. Turner wears his Pizza Hut uniform because the voice lesson is before his shift at the restaurant. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Eric Turner practices breathing techniques and keeping his face relaxed during his second voice lesson with voice teacher Marilyn Tomeo at her home studio on June 15, 2013. Turner has aspirations to become a voice actor but has little formal training. Turner wears his Pizza Hut uniform because the voice lesson is before his shift at the restaurant. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Voice teacher Marilyn Tomeo leads a voice lesson with 39-year-old Eric Turner during his second session at her home studio on June 15, 2013. Turner has aspirations to become a voice actor but has little formal training. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Eric Turner practices a voice training technique during his second voice lesson with voice teacher Marilyn Tomeo at her home studio on Saturday morning, June 15, 2013. Turner has aspirations to become a voice actor but has little formal training. Turner wears his Pizza Hut uniform because the voice lesson is before his shift at the restaurant. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Eric Turner, 39, takes a quick break in the shade while mowing a customer's lawn with his 16-year-old stepson, Tavaris Mendenhall, on June 12, 2013. Turner, who was born with a birth defect that caused him to not have hands, works three jobs. He works full time at East Central Regional Hospital and between 30 and 35 hours a week at Pizza Hut while also operating a lawn care business, maintaining a dozen yards throughout the year. "I could be sitting back and getting a government check, but I don't want someone telling me how much I can make," Turner said. "Let me be responsible for that. I want to be in control of my own destiny." JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Eric Turner, 39, pulls trimmings from overgrown vines to dispose of them while mowing a customer's lawn with his 16-year-old stepson, Tavaris Mendenhall, on June 12, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Eric Turner, 39, trims back overgrown vines while mowing a customer's lawn with his 16-year-old stepson, Tavaris Mendenhall, on June 12, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Eric Turner, 39, pulls trimmings from overgrown vines to dispose of them while mowing a customer's lawn with his 16-year-old stepson, Tavaris Mendenhall, on June 12, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Eric Turner, 39, carries a pile of vine clippings to his truck for disposal while mowing a customer's lawn with his 16-year-old stepson, Tavaris Mendenhall, on June 12, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Eric Turner, 39, prepares to make a delivery at the Pizza Hut on Tobacco Road on August 2, 2013. Turner, who was born with a birth defect that caused him to not have hands, works three jobs. "I could be sitting back and getting a government check, but I don't want someone telling me how much I can make," Turner said. "Let me be responsible for that. I want to be in control of my own destiny." JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Eric Turner, 39, jokes with coworkers while taking boxes to the trash at the Pizza Hut on Tobacco Road on June 6, 2013. When not delivering pizzas, Turner answers phones, washes dishes, and other tasks in the restaurant. Turner, who was born with a birth defect that caused him to not have hands, works three jobs. "I could be sitting back and getting a government check, but I don't want someone telling me how much I can make," Turner said. "Let me be responsible for that. I want to be in control of my own destiny." JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Eric Turner (left), 39, who was born with a birth defect that caused him to not have hands, works three jobs. He works full time at East Central Regional Hospital and between 30 and 35 hours a week at Pizza Hut while also operating a lawn care business, maintaining a dozen yards throughout the year. "I could be sitting back and getting a government check, but I don't want someone telling me how much I can make," Turner said. "Let me be responsible for that. I want to be in control of my own destiny." JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Eric Turner, 39, puts the lawn care equipment in his trailer after mowing a customer's lawn with his 16-year-old stepson, Tavaris Mendenhall (right), on June 12, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Tavaris Mendenhall, 16, blows air in the face of his stepfather, Eric Turner, to cool him off after mowing a customer's lawn on June 12, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Eric Turner, 39, fuels the lawn mowers and weed eaters before mowing a customer's lawn with his 16-year-old stepson, Tavaris Mendenhall (right), on June 12, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Eric Turner, 39, mows a customer's lawn with his 16-year-old stepson, Tavaris Mendenhall, on June 12, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Eric Turner, 39, walks back in to the Pizza Hut on Tobacco Road after making a pizza delivery on June 6, 2013. Turner, who was born with a birth defect that caused him to not have hands, works three jobs. "I do feel like I take on too much sometimes," Turner said. I just try to be an iron man and steady going. I wanted to make sure I supported my family." Turner and his wife LaTasha have two sons, Deondre, 19, and Tavaris, 16, Mendenhall. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Eric Turner, 39, prepares 2-liter bottles of soda for delivery at the Pizza Hut on Tobacco Road on June 6, 2013. When not delivering pizzas, Turner answers phones, washes dishes, and other tasks in the restaurant. Turner, who was born with a birth defect that caused him to not have hands, works three jobs. "I could be sitting back and getting a government check, but I don't want someone telling me how much I can make," Turner said. "Let me be responsible for that. I want to be in control of my own destiny." JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Eric Turner, 39, prepares 2-liter bottles of soda for delivery at the Pizza Hut on Tobacco Road on June 6, 2013. When not delivering pizzas, Turner answers phones, washes dishes, and other tasks in the restaurant. Turner, who was born with a birth defect that caused him to not have hands, works three jobs. "I could be sitting back and getting a government check, but I don't want someone telling me how much I can make," Turner said. "Let me be responsible for that. I want to be in control of my own destiny." JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Eric Turner, 39, drives to make a pizza delivery on June 6, 2013. Turner, who was born with a birth defect that caused him to not have hands, works three jobs. "I do feel like I take on too much sometimes," Turner said. I just try to be an iron man and steady going. I wanted to make sure I supported my family." Turner and his wife LaTasha have two sons, Deondre, 19, and Tavaris, 16, Mendenhall. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Eric Turner, 39, shows his work badge from his primary job at East Central Regional Hospital on June 6, 2013. Turner, who was born with a birth defect that caused him to not have hands, works three jobs. "I do feel like I take on too much sometimes," Turner said. I just try to be an iron man and steady going. I wanted to make sure I supported my family." Turner and his wife LaTasha have two sons, Deondre, 19, and Tavaris, 16, Mendenhall. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Eric Turner practices a voice training technique during his second voice lesson with voice teacher Marilyn Tomeo at her home studio on Saturday morning, June 15, 2013. Turner holds his lip to make sure it is relaxed as he learns to better control the sound. Turner wears his Pizza Hut uniform because the voice lesson is before his shift at the restaurant. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Voice teacher Marilyn Tomeo leads a voice lesson with 39-year-old Eric Turner during his second session at her home studio on June 15, 2013. Turner has aspirations to become a voice actor but has little formal training. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Eric Turner, 39, mows a customer's lawn with his 16-year-old stepson, Tavaris Mendenhall, on June 12, 2013. Turner, who was born with a birth defect that caused him to not have hands, works three jobs. He works full time at East Central Regional Hospital and between 30 and 35 hours a week at Pizza Hut while also operating a lawn care business, maintaining a dozen yards throughout the year. "I could be sitting back and getting a government check, but I don't want someone telling me how much I can make," Turner said. "Let me be responsible for that. I want to be in control of my own destiny." JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Eric Turner, 39, changes the string on a weedeater while mowing a customer's lawn with his 16-year-old stepson, Tavaris Mendenhall, on June 12, 2013. Turner, who was born with a birth defect that caused him to not have hands, works three jobs. He works full time at East Central Regional Hospital and between 30 and 35 hours a week at Pizza Hut while also operating a lawn care business, maintaining a dozen yards throughout the year. "I could be sitting back and getting a government check, but I don't want someone telling me how much I can make," Turner said. "Let me be responsible for that. I want to be in control of my own destiny." JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Tavaris Mendenhall, 16, mows a customer's lawn with his stepfather, Eric Turner, on June 12, 2013. Turner, who was born with a birth defect that caused him to not have hands, works three jobs. He works full time at East Central Regional Hospital and between 30 and 35 hours a week at Pizza Hut while also operating a lawn care business, maintaining a dozen yards throughout the year. "I could be sitting back and getting a government check, but I don't want someone telling me how much I can make," Turner said. "Let me be responsible for that. I want to be in control of my own destiny." JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Eric Turner, 39, changes the string on a weedeater while mowing a customer's lawn with his 16-year-old stepson, Tavaris Mendenhall, on June 12, 2013. Turner, who was born with a birth defect that caused him to not have hands, works three jobs. He works full time at East Central Regional Hospital and between 30 and 35 hours a week at Pizza Hut while also operating a lawn care business, maintaining a dozen yards throughout the year. "I could be sitting back and getting a government check, but I don't want someone telling me how much I can make," Turner said. "Let me be responsible for that. I want to be in control of my own destiny." JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Eric Turner, 39, carries a pile of vine clippings to his truck for disposal while mowing a customer's lawn with his 16-year-old stepson, Tavaris Mendenhall, on June 12, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Eric Turner, 39, fuels the lawn mowers and weed eaters before mowing a customer's lawn with his 16-year-old stepson, Tavaris Mendenhall (left), on June 12, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Eric Turner, 39, mows a customer's lawn with his 16-year-old stepson, Tavaris Mendenhall, on June 12, 2013. Turner, who was born with a birth defect that caused him to not have hands, works three jobs. He works full time at East Central Regional Hospital and between 30 and 35 hours a week at Pizza Hut while also operating a lawn care business, maintaining a dozen yards throughout the year. "I could be sitting back and getting a government check, but I don't want someone telling me how much I can make," Turner said. "Let me be responsible for that. I want to be in control of my own destiny." JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Eric Turner, 39, pulls trimmings from overgrown vines to dispose of them while mowing a customer's lawn with his 16-year-old stepson, Tavaris Mendenhall, on June 12, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF

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Eric Turner, 39, who was born with a birth defect that caused him to not have hands, works three jobs. He works full time at East Central Regional Hospital and between 30 and 35 hours a week at Pizza Hut while also operating a lawn care business, maintaining a dozen yards throughout the year. "I could be sitting back and getting a government check, but I don't want someone telling me how much I can make," Turner said. "Let me be responsible for that. I want to be in control of my own destiny." JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF Read the full story here.

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