Fierce Five fan uses illness to inspire McKayla Maroney Halloween costume

Yes, Halloween was two weeks ago. This one still merits notice. Leslie Barrett posted the above picture to McKayla Maroney's Facebook page, and we'll let her tell you the rest:

Two months ago I was diagnosed with Bell's Palsy, which means the right side of my face is temporarily paralyzed and I can only express emotion on my left. Last week at a party someone pointed out that I normally look like your "not impressed" face. I decided to incorporate my disability into my Halloween costume and dress up as you. This has hands down been the best costume I've ever had. It was the first time in months I got to look like I was intentionally making a face and it has helped me deal with the slow recovery a little better.

The photo's closing in on 50,000 upvotes on Reddit in a single day. Good stuff, and good on Leslie for turning around her condition.

[Via Deadspin]

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