Magic Wheelchair Transforms Wheelchairs Into Costumes for Kids
When Ryan Weimer’s son Keaton asked to be a pirate for Halloween in 2008, Weimer went all out. Keaton had just got his first wheelchair (he has Spinal Muscular Atrophy), and Weimer decided to turn the wheelchair into a pirate ship. Keaton had a blast and every year since, Weimer’s incorporated the wheelchair into the costume — including the fantastic Hiccup and Toothless combo pictured above. Weimer decided he wanted to spread the joy Keaton gets from the costumes to other children with wheelchairs, and at the same time, raise awareness for Muscular Dystrophy, so he founded Magic Wheelchair.
Magic Wheelchairs mission is simple and fantastic: “Our mission is to give kids in wheelchairs an unforgettable Halloween by creating custom costumes for them at no expense to their families.” Kids submit 1-3 minute videos telling Magic Wheelchair why they should be selected for a Magic Wheelchair build and explaining what they want to be for Halloween. Magic Wheelchair then chooses five children who they will work with to create a wheelchair costume for Halloween. They completed a successful Kickstarter campaign over the summer and accept donations to help their volunteers build and ship costumes on their website.
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