When little Keaton asked if he could be a pirate for Halloween, dad knew he had to find a way to make it happen.
It would be a bit of a challenge, since Ryan Weimer’s son needs a wheelchair to get around. But with a little creativity and a lot of heart, Ryan was able to build a costume that incorporated the chair itself as the actual ship with which Keaton the pirate could plunder treats.
The costume ended up being the talk of the town, and a photo of Captain Keaton made it to the front page of their local Portland, Oregon newspaper.
Following that October success in 2008, Weimer decided to create a nonprofit that would make every kid in a wheelchair the most envied in the neighborhood at Halloween. Magic Wheelchair volunteers have since been helping construct these costumes, making fantastic memories for kids whenever its trick-or-treat time.
Three out of five of Weimer’s children have been diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, so the kids have been around wheelchairs most of their lives. It’s been their father’s goal to give them that one special day out of the year when being wheelchair-bound is an asset, not a disability.
In 2015, Magic Wheelchairs took to Kickstarter asking for donations to fund five lucky kids’ Halloween costumes with a goal of raising $15,000. The innovative team surged past their goal, collecting over $25,000 dollars for that year’s batch of Halloween costumes.
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