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The snapshot was taken at the Village at Leesburg center.

Earlier this week, Carolyn Kovacs Anderson and her four year-old daughter, Maren, were visiting the Village of Leesburg. As they passed by the Ulta Beauty store, a promotional poster in the window caught Maren’s eye and she stopped and stared.

The little girl was seeing someone like her — someone in a wheelchair — featured in an advertisement for a beauty brand.

Carolyn snapped a photo of her daughter’s reaction and shared it on Facebook.

“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, Anderson wrote.

The touching photo quickly went viral — and as of Friday morning — it had been shared more than 52,000 times on social media. News outlets around the country have started sharing the post as well.

Maren lives with a rare disease called PCH, or Pontocerebellar hypoplasia. The condition impacts the brain’s development. Nevertheless, from social media, it seems the little girl lives life to the fullest and seeing herself represented in mainstream advertising just reaffirms what her parents surely tell her — that she can do anything.

Maren has her own Facebook page called “Miles for Maren,” which you can see here.

For more information on PCH, follow this link.

  1. Mark 3 years ago

    What a touching photo.

  2. Paul 3 years ago

    Very cool. Thank you!

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