Halloween is a yearly celebration that a lot of kids love. That’s because they can dress up into someone or something, be it a cute cookie monster, an adorable superhero, a fluffy pumpkin or anything they want to be. It’s a really special holiday since it’s the time of the year they can really use their imaginations. And today Magic Wheelchair is making the holiday extra special for youngsters.
using a wheelchair by creating magnificently epic Halloween outfits. The organization’s goal is to make every Halloween extra special and memorable to children by transforming their mobility device into “awesomeness”. It’s their desire and hope to let these kids experience something wonderful and majestic even once every year.
The idea of the Magic Wheelchair began in 2008. Its founder, Ryan Weimer, created the first ever Magic Wheelchair for his son Keaton who has Spinal Muscular Atrophy, a genetic disorder that causes muscle weakness and progressive loss of movement. Keaton was diagnosed when he was just 9 months.
According to Mr. Weimer, nicknamed “The Dude”, Keaton’s diagnosis forever changed their family and how they do things. At first, it was difficult and painful especially for him and his wife to see their beloved son on a wheelchair. But they began to learn to look at Keaton’s condition in a different light.
Halloween 2008, Mr. Weimer asked Keaton what he wanted to be. And the young lad quickly answered “I want to be a pirate!” Keaton’s bright answer catalyzed his dad’s creative thinking. On that holiday, the youngster went out as a pirate with his wheelchair transformed into a spectacular pirate ship. That marked the beginning of the Magic Wheelchair.
Year after year, the nonprofit organization grants kids that awesome Halloween experience. Each year, they choose five kids who will work with the org’s staff to design and build their dream wheelchair costume.
In order to be selected, the kids with the permission of their parents will have to submit a 1-3 minute video stating their ultimate dream costume as well as telling why they should be chosen for the year’s Magic Wheelchair Build. The parents and the aspiring applicants need to also consider the following criteria:
- Children of all ages are welcome to join.
- The child must primarily use a wheelchair.
- The candidate or applicant should not be related to any of the org’s volunteer or employee.
- The child must have his or her own idea for an awesome and wonderful wheelchair Halloween costume.
With Magic Wheelchair, kids with physical disabilities are able to enjoy and have a marvelous and awe-inspiring experience during annual celebration. And indeed, the organization made Halloween extra special to these wonderful youngsters.