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Wish mom creates spook-tacular wheelchair-friendly Halloween costumes

Sarah's Halloween costumes
Wish kid Sarah, 8, has a rare genetic condition and is wheelchair bound. The past two years, Sarah has made quite the statement with her amazing Halloween costumes centered around her wheelchair that stop everyone in their tracks.

Sarah’s mom, Cathy, and her visionary team work together every October to give Sarah her dream costume.

“Sarah usually stands out because she's different,” Cathy said. “People wonder what happened to her and it's not that it's in a mean way but it's the way it is. I work hard on her costume so that when she's in it, she stands out in a positive way. It helps people see her beauty, something they might miss without fully knowing her.”

Each year, Sarah decides what she wants to be for Halloween, and her friends and family make it happen.

Anna from Frozen

Their first Halloween with this idea, Sarah decided she wanted to be Anna from Frozen. With the help and creativity of her mom, grandma, neighbor, and one of her nurses, Sarah had everyone’s attention as a beautiful Anna with her wooden sleigh, and her friend Olaf right behind her.

Tinkerbell costume

Following Sarah’s wish to go on a Hawaiian cruise in 2017, the next year’s costume had the same incredibly positive reaction, when Sarah was Tinkerbell, surrounded by a beautiful enchanted garden.

The work that goes into each costume isn’t easy. Each year Cathy spends a lot of time on the internet, figuring out how to accomplish this difficult but exciting task.

“Our first attempt at Sarah’s Tinkerbell costume was a typical Pinterest fail,” said Cathy. “We tried Papier-mâché for the mushroom, but we ended up having to use wood, newspaper, and foam. The hard work is always worth it when we see Sarah smiling from ear to ear.”

This year, Sarah is taking on another popular Disney character for her costume...

2018 costume

“Her never-ending smiles as she heads to school in her costume each year is what makes this so exciting and joyful for everyone around her,” said Cathy. “We can’t wait to share that joy every year and others can’t wait to see what she inspired.”


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Make-A-Wish Arizona is the founding chapter of Make-A-Wish, the international wish granting organization. Our chapter grants incredible wishes every day for Arizona children with life-threatening medical conditions. We want to share the stories of our wishes -- and the inspiration, creativity, imagination and life-affirming enthusiasm that they bring -- with you.

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