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Mom builds wheelchair-using snowman to put a smile on her son’s face

One mom in Hopewell, Virginia, built a wheelchair-using snowman to put a smile on her son’s face.

Rhonda Acord’s son Tyler Shook has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a genetic disorder that causes progressive weakness and loss of muscle mass. Shook, 29, has used a wheelchair since he was 6, CBS News reported. He’s now reliant on a ventilator to breathe and has to stay in the house during wintertime. Because he has limited use of his fingers for driving his wheelchair, he can only go outside in warm weather — otherwise his fingers get cold too fast. But he still loves snow.

After this weekend’s blizzard, Acord decided to go build a snowman. Normally she builds a “classic” one and takes a picture of it to show her son, but this year she decided to do something different. She spent about two hours building him a snowman in a wheelchair.