John Sundquist was diagnosed with cancer at nine years old and had a survival rate of only 50%. He lost his leg but by the time he was 13, the cancer was completely gone. At 16, he was into ski-racing and went on to represent the U.S. in the 2006 Paralympics in Torino, Italy. John is also a motivational speaker and has become very well-known on social media due to his clever, inventive Halloween costumes for his amputation.
Each year he creates even better costumes than the year before. This year is no exception! He said that he has always dealt with the social discomfort of his disability by having a sense of humor. Today, he is more comfortable with who he is and what he looks like. He believes his Halloween costumes help him celebrate what makes him different from others.
“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”
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!”