Carson Pickett plays soccer for the Brisbane Roars and Orlando Pride.
Recently, a picture of her fist-bump with a 18-month old fan, Joseph Tidd went viral, and for ALL the right reasons…
— Becky Burleigh (@BeckyBurleigh) July 20, 2019
Joseph’s parents snapped the pic of the jubilant Australian star who has the same condition as their son. Both Pickett and Joseph have under-developed left hands, which makes the fist-bump even more lovable.
The adorable image was posted on social media by Pickett’s manager and shared by thousands. The smiles on Pickett and Joseph are so bright, the whole photo just beams.
The condition, called Symbrachydactyly, is congenital and the result is an arm and hand not fully developing while in the womb.
The two are actually old buddies, having met earlier in the year. Since, their friendship started, Joseph likes to attend her matches to watch his pal in action.
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Yesterday we had the chance to spend some time with the beautiful and talented @carson.pickett who plays professional soccer for @orlpride in the @nwsl. Carson is part of our @lucky_fin_project family as she is missing her left hand. We have been following Carson since she was playing for @reignfc same city who also drafted our buddy @shaquem_griffin. She was traded to Orlando in Dec, we have been dying to meet her. Thank you to @fox35amy and the Orlando Pride for setting this up. We had the chance to talk with Carson and her parents. Long enough to see the strong spirit she has and the example she portrays on and off the field. What makes Carson different is not her arm but her desire to be the best. Her Dad said to me that one thing that was never allowed in the home were the words "I cant". Carson is an amazingly beautiful woman who stands as a shining example for our children. We will be going to many more Pride games and look forward to seeing Carson do a throw-in. I dare someone to give her a penalty for not getting the ball behind her head. The whole stadium and the Tidd family loves this girl and I would not want to be them. We'll share some more videos of the meet up soon, but this video of hide and seek with their arms is too funny. Such a sweet moment between 2 amazing people. #orlandopride #carsonpickett #tenfingersareoverrated #luckyfinfamily #luckyfinproject #limbdifferenceawareness #limbdifferenceawarenessmonth #strongwomen #differentlyabled #againstallodds #rolemodel #inspire #hideandseek #orlandokids #bigsister #imnotcryingyourecrying @lucky_fin_project @barstoolsports @espn @foxsports @nbcsports @cbssports @theellenshow @todayshow @goodmorningamerica
Now, their special bond has made them internet darlings.
Joseph’s mother, Colleen Tidd, told the Washington Post that Joseph giggled all the way home from the match, looking at his arm, excited because of his friend.
Despite the distinction in his arm, Joseph is confident and friendly. He has met athletes of all sorts with limb differences, including Shaquem Griffin, linebacker for the Seattle Seahawks.
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"If I can inspire one, and they can inspire others, soon we'll inspire thousands." – @shaquem_griffin ????? Shaquem – Thank you for letting us follow your journey all of these years. You are so kind, positive and upbeat. You're a remarkable person who helps raise awareness, just by being yourself. Joseph's life will be easier thanks to you. Today was amazing! #tenfingersareoverrated #ucfalumni #seahawkskids #orlandokids @brooksrehab #shaquemgriffin #inspire #henryviscardiawards
Tidd said she received terrific support from Lucky Fin, a non-profit that encourages and educates individuals born with symbrachydactyly.
But Joseph hasn’t let his arm slow him down and his self-assuredness puts others at ease. Everyone who meets him knows he is set to accomplish incredible things. He can certainly spread smiles.