Have you heard about Magic Wheelchair?
This autumn, an outstanding costume design for a young man that uses a wheelchair has been all over social media. Have you seen it?
The cool news is that this is not just an amazing Halloween costume, it actually was created by a nonprofit called Magic Wheelchair, whose vision is: “To put a smile on the face of every child in a wheelchair by transforming their wheelchairs into awesomeness created by our hands and their imaginations.”
Their mission is: “To give kids in wheelchairs an unforgettable Halloween by creating custom costumes for them at no expense to their families.”
How great is that?
Magic Wheelchair started seven years ago when Ryan Weimer asked his son Keaton what he wanted to be for Halloween. Keaton had just gotten his first wheelchair and when he said he wanted to be a pirate, his dad realized that every pirate needs a ship, so he could just build one around his chair!
In the words of the Magic Wheelchair founder, Ryan “The Dude” Weimer, “Ultimately, creating each costume provides an awesome experience: taking something from Keaton’s imagination and seeing it realized as we hit the streets with our kids leading the way. People are amazed and it is a great opportunity for us to let people know about SMA and MD. Absolutely the most rewarding thing is hearing my kids say along the way, ‘That’s awesome, Dadda!’”
Magic Wheelchair accepts shorts videos from kids with their parents’ permission telling what they want to be for Halloween and why they should be selected for the year’s build. They can currently select 5 children who will then work with designers and builders to create the ultimate wheelchair costume in time for Halloween!
For more information, visit their website at http://www.magicwheelchair.org/.