At just 9-years-old, Josh Sundquist lost his left leg to cancer. It’s difficult for anyone to imagine a way to move forward after such a life-changing ordeal.
Josh, however, decided to take up skiing.
After successfully representing the United States in the IX Paralympic games, Josh left skiing to pursue a business degree from William & Mary, followed by a Master’s degree in communications. If being an accomplished Paralympian, motivational speaker, comedian and author isn’t enough to impress you, then perhaps Josh’s amazing sense of humor when it comes to his disability will seal the deal.
— Josh Sundquist (@JoshSundquist) March 2, 2018
Beyond using humor to motivate and inspire others, Josh discovered yet another surprising way to have a little fun with his lack of a left appendage. For the past several years, Josh has found some incredible ways to incorporate his disability into several very clever Halloween costumes.
Each fall, Josh comes up with another creative way to have a little fun while flipping the standard costume on its head. Quite literally back in 2013 for his reimagined Flamingo.
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In 2013 spotted an ostrich at the zoo and thought, “Hey that looks like me. If I was, you know, doing a handstand on my crutches.” A few minutes later, I walked by the flamingos and thought, “Even better.” pic.twitter.com/Qho2zfxMmr
— Josh Sundquist (@JoshSundquist) October 25, 2017
Instead of masking his situation, Josh often has a lot of fun playing with different ideas that mostly draw extra attention to the fact he has just one leg. For example, fans of “A Christmas Story” will immediately recognize and appreciate this gem from 2012.
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In 2012, Ashley suggested I dress as the leg lamp from "A Christmas Story." I hadn't seen the movie—we didn't watch PG movies growing up. On Halloween people kept saying "FRA-GEE-LAY!" and "It's a major award!" and I was like, "Um, what?" pic.twitter.com/hM2jDlAuia
— Josh Sundquist (@JoshSundquist) October 24, 2017
It’s a tradition that has been going on for almost a decade. Here’s Josh’s very first one-legged costume back in 2010:
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Throwback to 2010, the very first year I dressed in an one-leg-themed-type costume. Back then, you didn't do it for the Instagram because it hadn't been invented yet. I just wanted to have a costume that would make my friends LOL—and they did pic.twitter.com/2DxdLqIS0t
— Josh Sundquist (@JoshSundquist) October 23, 2017
But somehow each year, Josh seems to outdo himself, always pushing limits, just as he’s done his entire life.
Halloween—a favorite memory of #2016 pic.twitter.com/scK4O8OK6c
— Josh Sundquist (@JoshSundquist) January 1, 2017
Here’s my Halloween costume! pic.twitter.com/KhgcfP1exO
— Josh Sundquist (@JoshSundquist) October 27, 2017
So what could Josh possibly have in store for this year’s festivities? Judging by past years, chances are he’ll reveal it soon via his twitter account, @JoshSundquist.
While you’re there, check out his comedy and motivational speeches and ask yourself when he finds the time to be so damn creative on top of everything else.