Every kid should have the chance to impress friends, family and neighbors with an extremely cool Halloween costume. So why should kids in wheelchairs be denied that right to trick or treat in style?
The Magic Wheelchair Kickstarter campaign hopes to raise both money and awareness for kids in wheelchairs who just want to have as much fun as other kids on Halloween while wearing awe-inspiring costumes.
The initial goal is to get enough Kickstarter donations to build five extreme wheelchair costumes for kids in time for Halloween 2015.
"It is important to us that the costumes are not just another Halloween costume," The Magic Wheelchair site states. "Being in a wheelchair can be tough so we want to make something epic of which the kids and designers can be proud. For this reason the costumes tend to be expensive and time consuming to make. But when their done, they are the coolest costume in town."
The Magic Wheelchair is founded by Ryan and Lana Weimer, parents of five children (three of whom have Spinal Muscular Atrophy). Ryan decided to build costumes for his kids so they could experience the fun of trick or treating just like all the other children.
"What's cool about it is that it becomes more than just a chair, it's now transformed," Ryan said in the Kickstarter video. "It's more than just getting around, it's now something way cooler."
The Weimers encourage people who can't donate money to spread the word about the campaign online, or volunteer to become part of The Magic Wheelchair costume build team.
The Magic Wheelchair campaign has already raised $17,965 -- well over its initial $15,000 fundraising goal. But with 15 days left of the Kickstarter campaign, they're hoping to get additional donations, which are all tax-deductible, for kids in need when the campaign ends on July 3.