These students are making sure that everyone can enjoy a little Halloween magic – no matter their disabilities.
16-year-old Alex Hayes has trouble dressing up for the spooky holiday because she uses a wheelchair due to her rare chromosomal mutation: GRIN2B.
As a means of including Alex in on the fun, a team of students and alumni from the Virginia Commonwealth University Schools of Medicine and Dentistry spent eight weeks and 200 hours of work building a costume for Alex.
The students first met Alex back in August. After chatting with her and her family, they discovered that Alex had an affinity for farm animals. So, the team set up shop in a rental storage unit and started building a barn costume that could fit on top of the youngster’s wheelchair.
Measuring in at 7 feet tall and 5 feet wide, the finished foam costume featured everything from hay bales, to a decorated sign reading “Alex’s Barn”.
When the costume was finished, Alex…
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