Never say never, the saying goes, that might just be the case for this young man you are about to read about.
At the tender age of 9, he was diagnosed with cancer. All hopes seemed to be lost when the doctors said that he had a 50% chance of survival, he was flipping a coin for his life. Moving on, matters got worse as, despite chemotherapy, he lost his left leg. But all is well that ends well, in a swinging turn of events, he was declared 100% cancer-free at the age of 13. What did this boy do after? Did he lay at home blaming the universe for his misfortune? Did he turn a beggar or liability to those around him? No, he put his disability to better use and by the age of 16, he was ski-racing, and even proceeded to represent the U.S. in the 2006 Paralympics in Torino, Italy.
Meet the Paralympian and motivational speaker, Josh Sundquist who in recent times has achieved fame on social media for his clever and innovative amputation-incorporating Halloween costumes. Now, thanks to his innovation, amputees all over the world can participate in Halloween dressed as various characters.
Speaking on his disability and how he deals with it, Josh Sundquist said the following: “I’ve always dealt with the social discomfort of my disability by having a sense of humor, and with these Halloween costumes I celebrate what makes me different. Which may be either weird or refreshing, depending on your perspective.”
Year after year, he lives up to his reputation as he comes up with astonishing Halloween costumes that never fails to blow people away. He strives real hard yearly to endeavor that he outdoes himself, and of course, 2017 is not going to be the year to ruin this trend. Read on to find out what this immensely talented guy whipped up this time around. Below is an outline of his various wonderful costumes from the year 2010 to 2017’s big reveal.
2010: he was dressed as Gingy, the gingerbread man from Shrek. Talking about what his inspiration was, he said “From Shrek. Not the gumdrop buttons!”
2012: If you are well familiar with the ‘A Christmas Story’ Story, this costume would be fascinating to you. Josh opted to dress up as the leg lamp which is one of the most iconic and recognizable movie props of all time. Josh said the following about his costume: “My wife Ashley suggested this idea, a reference to the movie ‘A Christmas Story’”
2013: in this year, Josh made a costume that made him look like a flamingo when he was in a crutch stand position, with his head being the butt and his feet being the head! He explained the inspiration behind this saying: “I was just at the zoo one time, and I noticed that flamingos look like me doing a crutch handstand. So yeah”
2014: He dressed up as a foosball (also known as fuzboll or table soccer) player in this year. He said:”A YouTube subscriber suggested it to me at VidCon. I thought it was appropriate since last year I was also named to the US Amputee World Cup Team.”
2015: In 2015, Sundquist dressed up as an IHOP restaurant Logo, sporting a huge box that left just his legs uncovered, serving as a signboard and post respectively. Speaking on this costume, the Paralympian said “It’s a classic amputee joke. This year I decided to anthropomorphize it” He also joked about this costume saying “If my career as a motivational speaker doesn’t work out, I could probably get a job at IHOP.”
2016: His 2016 costume just made people love him more. It’s one thing to dress up as one of people’s most beloved characters, and it is another to do it brilliantly. Josh decided to rock the one-legged candle holder Lumiere who is famous for his role in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. When asked who or what 2016’s costume was based on, he said “Lumiere—He’s Disney’s most famous monopod.”
2017: Now for the big reveal… The character his costume for 2017 was based on is Tigger, the fictional tiger character in the Winnie the Pooh series. Using his leg as the tail to bounce around in the exuberant and friendly nature of Tigger, Josh was able to bring this character to live! Making the big reveal himself, Josh kept it short, saying “Here’s my Halloween costume! Tigger!”
We can’t wait for 2018, if not for anything, to know the next awesome costume Josh Sundquist would come up with.
So far, which is your best costume? For us, it has to be the 2013 Flamingo costume.