In 2008, Ryan and Lana Weimer decided to build their son Keaton an epic costume. Keaton wanted to be a pirate, and as he uses a wheelchair to get around—due to be diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy at nine months old—the family decided to not only grant Keaton's costume wishes, but to turn his wheelchair into a ship for him to captain as well. Naturally, the awesome outcome went viral, and as a result, the Weimers decided to try to create elaborate costumes for other children who use wheelchairs as well. With a Kickstarter campaign in place, the Magic Wheelchair company was born. With over $25,000 raised, the Weimers have been hard at work on costumes for as many kids they can create for.
On their website, the Weimers explain, “Our 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. Our mission is to give kids in wheelchairs an unforgettable Halloween by creating custom costumes for them at no expense to their families.”
As their work is clearly noble and heartwarming, Magic Wheelchair has accrued some like-minded volunteers for their team who have been helping to make these excellent projects come to life. Below, you can watch a behind the scenes video for their build on a How To Train Your Dragon-inspired costume that has been making waves across the internet as of late.