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A little girl suffering from a rare disease has captured the hearts of thousands after an image of her gazing at a beauty advertisement featuring a model in a wheelchair like her own went viral.
Maren Anderson, a four-year-old from Leesburg, Virginia, suffers from a rare disease caused by a gene mutation resulting in early infantile epileptic encephalopathy, spinocerebellar ataxia, and pontocerebellar hypoplasia.
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Her mother, Carolyn Anderson, told Good Morning America that her daughter had only recently become comfortable using her new wheelchair in public when she came across the inclusive Ulta Beauty store poster.
She recalled Maren having a newfound confidence that night after spending nearly three months practicing navigating her wheelchair.
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'She was so eager, we could barely get her to stop at crosswalks,' Carolyn said. 'Then, she suddenly stopped and focused all her attention on this image of a woman in a wheelchair like hers. It was amazing.'
Carolyn took a photo of the moment and posted it on Facebook, writing: 'Well Ulta, you absolutely stopped my girl in her tracks this evening. It was mesmerizing to watch her stop, turn and gaze at this poster. So thank you.'
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In the picture, Maren is stopped on the sidewalk looking up at the poster in the beauty store's window, which shows a young woman in a wheelchair.
Carolyn said the moment was particularly meaningful for them because it was the first time her daughter, who has receptive and expressive language delays,...
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