Many people know who Josh Sundquist is, others perhaps have never heard of him. A Paralympic ski racer, motivational speaker, and bestselling author, 32-year-old Sundquist is a native of Charlottesville, VA who lost his leg at age nine to Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare cancer that occurs in the soft tissue or bone of the femur, humerus, pelvis, collar bone, or ribs. Sundquist released his memoir in 2010, a book titled “Just Don’t Fall: How I Grew Up, Conquered Illness, and Made it Down the Mountain.”
One problem Sundquist has faced over the last 23 years is the fact that, when buying shoes, he only needs one after losing his left leg so many years ago. What to do with those shoes? According to a recent article, he’s been saving them up for years, waiting to come across his shoe “soulmate” or “solemate” as he said on Instagram the day he found his new friend Stephen. Stephen wears the same shoe size, and is missing his right leg.
Now all those pairs of shoes are put to good use. Sundquist posted on Instagram “I have finally found my soulmate. His name is Stephen, and he is missing his right leg. He has the same size shoe as I do. So this is very exciting, because I’ve been saving up these shoes for like years and years, waiting to find my solemate, which I finally have.”
At the time of the shoe news article, the Instagram post had 16.3k views! A heartwarming story.
Most people never think about the fact that some individuals only need a single shoe. Perhaps shoe manufacturers should focus on an underserved market?
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