Six-year-old Sidney boy dresses up as ambulance for inspiring reason
Every year the Poole family spends months working on a Halloween costume for their six-year-old boy, Jackson.
Like most kids, the youngster loves to dress up – but his costumes take a little more time due to a rare medical condition that falls under both the cerebral palsy and autism spectrum.
While Jackson can't walk or talk, every year his dad makes sure he can trick-or-treat.
"He misses out on a lot of things that other kids just take for granted, and it's a very festive, colourful fun time when you get to dress up as your heroes," said Chad Poole.
"Halloween is like Christmas. It trumps Christmas, actually," said Jackson's mother, Tracey. "So we start thinking in the spring what we're going to do for Halloween."
The costumes started out simple enough: Curious George, the house from the movie Up! and Archie of comics fame in his old jalopy.
Most of the looks have in some way incorporated Jackson's wheelchair, like two years ago when he went as Scooby-Doo in his Mystery Machine.
While the floats got bigger and bigger over the years, this Halloween's costume could be the best yet.
Jackson's father spent countless hours in the family's living room constructing a miniature ambulance equipped with wheels, flashing lights, crests and a Bluetooth radio to blast medical-themed tunes around the block.
For the Poole's, the costume was a way of saying thanks to those who have helped Jackson when he needed it most.
"At the age of two when he started having seizures, 911 and the ambulance became a big part of our lives," said Chad.
The reason for the homage is simple, according to Tracey: "They've saved my son's life time and time again."
With sirens blaring and decals to scale, the mini-paramedic is ready for another night full of tricks, treats – and candy.
"By the time we hit the first driveway, he's got it figured out," said Chad. "He knows what the deal is."
With a report from CTV Vancouver Island's Chandler Grieve