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This Dad is Making Kids Smile – Builds Halloween Costumes for Children in Wheelchairs

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This Dad is Making Kids Smile – Builds Halloween Costumes for Children in Wheelchairs


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Source: Magic Wheelchair

In 2008, an Oregon father faced a challenge when his son Keaton asked to be a pirate for Halloween. Keaton, who was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, requires a wheelchair for mobility. Keaton’s father, Ryan Weimer, thought of the idea to build a pirate ship around his son’s wheelchair. He did just that and became the talk of the town, even making the front page of his hometown newspaper.

Source: Magic Wheelchair

With that first creation, came the nonprofit organization Magic Wheelchair, which enlists the help of volunteers to create these magical creations for children that require a wheelchair. According to the Magic Wheelchair’s website they strive to “put a smile on the face of every child in a wheelchair.”

Source: Magic Wheelchair

Magic Wheelchair used the donation website Kickstarter in an attempt to raise $15,000 to help create costumes for five lucky kids this year. The organization exceeded their original goal and collected $25,000 in donations.

Source: Kickstarter

Ryan and his wife Lana, have 5 children, three of the five diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy.

Source: Kickstarter

Their goal with their organization, according to its website, 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. Our mission is to give kids in wheelchairs an unforgettable Halloween by creating custom costumes for them at no expense to their families.”

Children and their parents can upload a 1-3 minute video to their organization explaining their costume idea and why their child should be chosen.

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