A nonprofit organization gave a teenage girl from Tennessee Valley a personalized new wheelchair unlike any other. Much to her delight, it is a superhero-styled wheelchair.
Amelia caught the first glimpse of her Magic Wheelchair on Sunday. She was on top of the world with Nation of Makers Conference members applauding her as she saw the new wheelchair for the first time.
While speaking about her 'Guardians of the Galaxy' themed wheelchair with wdef.com, Amelia expressed her undying love for Marvel movies, the characters as well as the comic books. Nonprofit organization Magic Wheelchair is known for making custom "costumes" for children in wheelchairs.
“We like to see that the kids our the bosses; whatever they want, we build custom to their wheelchair,” Magic Wheelchair's Executive Director Christine Getman says. Aside from that, she pointed out doing this is very important for the children.
According to Getman, "feeling seen and heard for the right reason" has the power to change the course of life for an individual with disabilities. Nevertheless, everyone is needed to help in order to bring this to fruition, project manager Christian Glenn noted.
Keeping in line with this, Glenn pointed out that the fabricator worked really hard for about a week in order to build this awe-inspiring wheelchair. Meanwhile, other members of the team who worked on the body spent between 30-50 hours, she said.
“She loves comics," Amelia’s mother, Naomi said, further adding that getting this customized wheelchair is nothing short of a dream come true for her daughter, who loves avengers. In fact, she even wears it to church, or while walking around the neighborhood.
As you can imagine, Amelia is extremely glad that an organization like Magic Wheelchair exists. Naomi noted that kids like Amelia are likely to feel different; however, the organization helps them feel different in a wonderful phenomenal way.
More importantly, it encourages other people to come and check out their costumes and see that they aren't so different from anybody else. As far as Amelia is concerned, she's all set to show off her new wheelchair at Con Nooga.
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