Perhaps you remember reading our post on the inspiring story of Paralympian Josh Sundquist last year. At only nine the US Amputee Soccer Team member lost his leg to cancer, but as his impressive resume shows, it did nothing to slow him down. Sundquist is a downhill skier, a performing comedian, published author and motivational speaker. In addition to these numerous accomplishments he is also our favorite Halloween costume enthusiast.
Yes each year the athlete comes up with the most genius one-legged based costumes, such as Lumier the candlestick from Beauty and the Beast. Looking once again to Disney for inspiration, Sundquist dressed up as Genie from Disney’s Aladdin. Besides being a kickass costume, he explained to PEOPLE magazine his outfit choice had a deeper meaning.
“When I was a child, I wanted to be a Disney animator when I grew up. At age nine I lost my leg to cancer,” Sundquist said. “A few weeks later I got a letter from an animator at Walt Disney who happened to be a double amputee. His name was Broose Johnson. Make-A-Wish later gave me the chance to meet him.” Johnson was one of the animators behind some of the most iconic Disney’s characters, such as Sebastian the Crab from The Little Mermaid, Simba from The Lion King, and Tuke the moose from Brother Bear.
“The letter Broose sent me as a child had a drawing of Genie, which was one of the characters he animated. So this year I wanted to dress as Genie as a tribute to Broose, to Make-A-Wish, and, of course, to Robin Williams.”
Scroll down below to see some of Sundquist’s most epic looks as well as this years brilliant tribute costume!
At just 9-years-old Josh Sundquist lost his leg to cancer
Through his tenacity and a good sense of humor he has managed to always make the most of life with a disability – especially on Halloween
2010: “From Shrek. Not the gumdrop buttons!”
2012: “My wife Ashley suggested this idea, a reference to the movie ‘A Christmas Story’”
2013: “I was just at the zoo one time and I noticed that flamingos look like me doing a crutch handstand. So yeah”
2014: “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: “It’s a classic amputee joke. This year I decided to anthropomorphize it”
“If my career as a motivational speaker doesn’t work out, I could probably get a job at IHOP”
2016: “Lumiere—He’s Disney’s most famous monopod”
2017: “Here’s my Halloween costume! Tigger!”
2018: “Hello, Aladdin. Nice to have you on the show. Can we call you Al? Or maybe just Din? Or how about Laddie? Kind of like, ‘Here boy! [Whistles] Come on, Laddie!”
While his costume this year was hilariously brilliant, it also held a deeper significance
A few weeks after his leg was amputated he received a special surprise from the Make-A-Wish foundation
“I got a letter from an animator at Walt Disney who happened to be a double amputee. His name was Broose Johnson. Make-A-Wish later gave me the chance to meet him”
“The letter Broose sent me as a child had a drawing of Genie, which was one of the characters he animated”
“This year I wanted to dress as Genie as a tribute to Broose, to Make-A-Wish, and, of course, to Robin Williams”
We think he nailed it!