You’ve probably seen this man’s spectacular Halloween costumes before. Every year it seems his clever creations go viral and this year is no exception. That’s because he has amazingly worked the fact that he only has one leg into every one of his Halloween disguises!
At just 9 years old, Josh Sunquist lost his left leg to a rare form of bone cancer. Doctors feared for Josh’s life and only gave him a fifty percent chance for survival. He underwent chemotherapy as well as the amputation, but by age thirteen, he was completely cancer free!
Josh never let his situation hold him back. By the time he was sixteen, he had learned to ski-race, and even went on to represent the United States in the 2006 Paralympics in Torino, Italy. Today, he represents the U.S. as a member of their international Amputee soccer team.
Now Josh works as a motivational speaker and author who has gained fame after his innovative Halloween costumes went viral. Remember this one from 2010?
Josh believes that the costumes reflect his philosophy of dealing with his amputation with a sense of humor. “I’ve always dealt with the social discomfort of my disability by having a sense of humor,” he said. “But now I’m more comfortable with who I am and what I look like.”
Josh occasionally takes his costume ideas from others, welcoming suggestions from those who celebrate individual uniqueness. This one from 2012 was his wife Ashley’s idea, and was an homage to the film A Christmas Story.
“I guess with these Halloween costumes you could even say that I celebrate what makes me different. Which may be either weird or refreshing, depending on your perspective.”