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Hospital transforms kids' wheelchairs into dream Halloween costumes

by Cathy Free of

Costumes bring smilesTrick-or-treating while in a wheelchair wasn’t easy last year for 5-year-old Penny Pedersen, who had to wait on the sidewalk for her siblings to bring her candy, then try to catch up with friends in her Sandy, Utah, neighborhood.

“Just maneuvering the wheelchair and trying to figure out how to incorporate it into a costume was difficult,” says the preschooler’s mom, Ashley, 34, a mother of three. “And a lot of times, Penny felt as though she was watching the fun from the sidelines.”

This year, things are different, thanks to staffers and volunteers at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Salt Lake City, who held a Halloween costume clinic last week for 21 young patients who can’t walk and need wheelchairs.

Read the entire article, and see more pictures of incredible wheelchair costumes!

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