It takes a little more than hocus pocus for those who have children utilizing wheelchairs. How do they find a costume that makes the wheelchair “magically” disappear. For one small nonprofit in Oregon their entire mission is to “give kids in wheelchairs an unforgettable experience by creating custom costumes for them at no expense to their families.” Ryan and Lana Weimer (founders) have five children, three of whom have Spinal Muscular Atrophy, each year Ryan worked hard to make sure his own children had costumes that worked with their wheelchairs. These costumes are no small feat, it started in 2005 when Ryan asked his son what he wanted to be for Halloween, a pirate.
Ryan thought, “every pirate needs a ship” and his son’s wheelchair would make the perfect frame. He built a ship around the wheelchair, and his son cruised around as a pirate on his ship for Halloween. The family got many requests to make other wheelchair costumes for children all over the world, to transform their children’s wheelchairs into ‘magic’. They launched their nonprofit in 2015 and have been hard at work creating ‘magic’ and smiles for children all over! Check out their website to see what amazing costumes they’ve created over the years and perhaps you’ll be inspired to create some ‘magic’ of your own.