PHOENIX — An Arizona toddler who uses a wheelchair experienced a “beautiful moment” when he saw a display in a Target store that featured a clothing brand modeled by a boy in a wheelchair.
Pena has a rare congenital condition called caudal regression syndrome, or sacral agenesis, which affects development of the lower spine and can impact organ function.
“I am so happy that other kids that pass through here with their parents, will see this!” the Facebook post at Ollie’s World said. “There is a lot of focus on representing diversity, but representing people with disabilities is just as important!”
“It was just a beautiful moment to see," Demi Garza-Pena, Oliver’s mother, told KNXV. “Him admiring somebody like him because he doesn’t get to see that often.”
A Target official was pleased with the response.
“It’s what we live for, what we love to see that kind of backing and see that support not only for Ollie but just the things Target’s been doing,” Luca Bakemeier, the Target store director in Peoria, told KNXV.
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