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The Mission: Build 5 Epic Wheelchair Costumes for Kids for Halloween 2015!
The Mission: Build 5 Epic Wheelchair Costumes for Kids for Halloween 2015!
769 backers pledged $25,688 to help bring this project to life.

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WE DID IT!!!!!

THE FOREVER STRETCH GOAL

  •  We DID IT! WE REACHED OUR GOAL!! From here on out for every $3,000 over our goal we can build for another kiddo!!! Please keep sharing, donating and helping us work toward our mission to build for EVERY kiddo in a wheelchair. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!

Please Join Us!

We need your help to build 5 epic wheelchair costumes for kids in time for Halloween 2015! So please pledge and spread the word. The more money we raise, the more children we can build for in the future!

What is Magic Wheelchair?

Magic Wheelchair is a nonprofit organization that turns wheelchairs into the envy of every trick-or-treater. Ryan & Lana Weimer, the parents of 5 children, 3 of whom have a form of Muscular Dystrophy called Spinal Muscular Atrophy, launched Magic Wheelchair to "put a smile on the face of every child in a wheelchair."

The Weimer Family - Founders of Magic Wheelchair
The Weimer Family - Founders of Magic Wheelchair

How it all started.

A few years ago, Ryan decided to give his wheelchair riding kids something special: the ultimate Halloween costumes. Since then, Ryan's been creating the biggest, baddest costumes he could. Public awareness started to spread, with newspaper and TV coverage reporting on this creative family tradition. Things really took off last year with the launch of a successful Kickstarter campaign to raise money for materials for Keaton Weimer's epic "How to Train your Dragon" costume.

Dragon rider Keaton Weimer astride his Magic Wheelchair aka "Toothless"
Dragon rider Keaton Weimer astride his Magic Wheelchair aka "Toothless"

Check Out This Behind the Scene Video of How We Built Toothless 

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Now it's time to share the love!

Magic Wheelchair's mission is to give this amazing gift to every child confined to a wheelchair. But all great things start small, so this year we're building for five kids. They'll help us design the costume and, with your backing, we'll build it for them in time for Halloween 2015!

Help us build for every child in a Wheelchair!
Help us build for every child in a Wheelchair!

How you can get involved:

There are a few ways you can help Magic Wheelchair fly.

1) PLEDGE. Any amount is appreciated, but the more you give, the more children we can build for, and the cooler the rewards you'll receive! Even better, as a nonprofit organization, every dollar you donate to Magic Wheelchair is tax deductible, unlike most crowdfunding campaigns.

2) SHARE. Please let your friends and family know about the Magic Wheelchair campaign! Your support will not only help us build epic costumes for some great kids, but will also assist in spreading awareness about MD, SMA and the challenges faced by kids in wheelchairs.

3) VOLUNTEER. Magic Wheelchair wants YOU! If you're a designer, costume builder, craftsperson, social media master, or just want to do whatever is needed to help us on this journey, please let us know in the comments and there may be a place for you on the Magic Wheelchair team.

It takes a village to build a Magic Wheelchair!
It takes a village to build a Magic Wheelchair!

Where will the Kickstarter funds go?

Your pledge will primarily go to purchasing materials for these one-of-a-kind wheelchair costumes. If we raise more than our goal, we'll use the additional funds to build even more costumes! The more kids in wheelchairs we can help, the better!

How do we choose kids to build for?

Kids, with their parents’ permission, submit a 1-3 minute video telling us what they want to be for Halloween and why they should receive a Magic Wheelchair costume. Those selected get to work with designers and builders to create the ultimate wheelchair costume in time for trick or treating!

Meet our first two Magic Wheelchair riders!

This is Jade. She's 12 and LOVES SpongeBob SquarePants so we’re making her dream costume - the “speedboat" from Mrs. Puff’s Boating School.

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This is Hunter. He's 14 and we’re building him the Quinjet from Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D..

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How many kids will get a Magic Wheelchair?

This year our goal is to build wheelchair costumes for 5 kids in time for Halloween 2015. But the number of children we can build for in the future is only limited by the funds we're able to raise. So please pledge! Our long-term mission is to put a smile on the face of EVERY kid in a wheelchair!

Making Magic Memories for Kids

Being in a wheelchair can be tough, so we want to help kids create something truly epic. To do that requires time, money and the support of people like you. But when the costumes are done, they'll put a priceless smile on the faces of young wheelchair riders and provide magical memories that will last a lifetime.

About our friends at Stan Winston School

The Stan Winston School Team!
The Stan Winston School Team!

Founded in memory of 4-Time Academy Award winning character creator, Stan Winston (ALIENS, the TERMINATOR series, the JURASSIC PARK series, PREDATOR 1 & 2, IRON MAN & AVATAR), Stan Winston School (SWSCA) is dedicated to inspiring and fostering creativity. By connecting leading film industry professionals with aspiring artists worldwide, SWSCA hopes to encourage a new generation to create the magic of tomorrow. The entire Stan Winston School team is proud to support the Weimer Family and this incredible Kickstarter campaign. Please join us in helping Magic Wheelchair fly!

From Our Friends at Stand Winston School:

Thanks for your support Liz Gillies!
Thanks for your support Liz Gillies!
Love you, Bobby! #YKWD #SDRR
Love you, Bobby! #YKWD #SDRR
Rich Eisen jumped onboard! Thanks, brother! #NFL
Rich Eisen jumped onboard! Thanks, brother! #NFL
Josh! You're awesome. Thanks so much for the support!
Josh! You're awesome. Thanks so much for the support!
Mr. Tom Arnold, people! Thanks!
Mr. Tom Arnold, people! Thanks!
Murphy, you're a real friend.
Murphy, you're a real friend.
Jim! You're a genius. Thanks!
Jim! You're a genius. Thanks!

Risks and challenges

One of our biggest challenges is working with children and builders spread throughout the country. Because every chair is different, the builder has to take precise measurements and conduct several in-person test fittings to make sure the Wheelchair costume will function correctly on Halloween night.

So this year we're focusing on local children within a 50-mile radius of our community in Portland, Oregon. That said, we are confident that we will eventually be able to deliver Magic Wheelchair costumes to children far and wide with the help of supporters like you. There will be bumps in the road, but we are eager to roll Magic Wheelchair across the entire country... and beyond!

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    Pledge US$ 10 or more About $10

    GUARANTEED SMILE ON A CHILD'S FACE
    Thanks for joining the Magic Wheelchair team on this magical quest! At this pledge level, your reward is the unforgettable smile on the face of every child we build a costume for. :)

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    OFFICIAL MAGIC WHEELCHAIR STICKER
    Show your support for our mission by placing one of our awesome stickers on your car, trapper keeper, or anywhere else you want to let people know about Magic Wheelchair!

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    OFFICIAL MAGIC WHEELCHAIR T-SHIRT
    Everybody's favorite Kickstarter reward. But this is not your average t-shirt: This bad boy is made of premium materials & will feature artwork by one of our Magic Wheelchair designers. This reward level also includes the Sticker.

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    VIRTUAL PARTY, T-SHIRT & STICKER
    Wear your new "Magic Wheelchair" T-Shirt & come celebrate with us live on the web! Meet the wheelchair riders, our board of directors, designers, builders, volunteers and supporters like you. Ask questions or just come to celebrate the awesomeness that is Magic Wheelchair.

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    "WHEELCHAIR RIDER" SIGNED PICTURE & TAX BENEFITS
    A picture is worth a thousand words... or, in this case, $300. Pledge at this level to get a signed picture of one of the lucky kids for whom we build.

    It just keeps getting better! Magic Wheelchair is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Pledge $300 or more & we'll provide a receipt you can use to deduct your pledge amount from your tax returns.

    This reward also comes with an awesome Magic Wheelchair T-shirt & Sticker.

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    MOVIE MAGIC PACKAGE
    Welcome to the Wizard's Workshop! Learn the secrets behind the creation of your favorite movie characters, including Terminators, Predators, T-Rexes, Aliens and more!

    This package includes a 1-Year Unlimited Subscription to Stan Winston School & Lifetime streaming access to the Stan Winston Studio Behind-the-Scenes Documentary - a must-have for aspiring artists, creature creators & movie buffs alike.

    This reward also comes with a tax receipt, T-shirt, and Sticker.

    Interested in a two-year subscription? If you contribute two of these rewards, you'll get 2 FULL YEARS of unlimited access to Stan Winston School!

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    LIFETIME LEARNING PACKAGE
    This reward includes a lifetime subscription to Stan Winston School of Character Arts, including unlimited access to hundreds (and soon thousands) of hours of online instruction by the world's finest artists & technicians. This incredible package will help you unlock your creative potential for the rest of your life. Who knows? You may even become Hollywood's next great character creator!

    Want more? You got it! You'll also get a receipt for tax deductions, a T-shirt, a sticker, and a physical copy of the Stan Winston Studio Behind-the-Scenes Documentary DVD!

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    WHEELCHAIR RIDER "SPONSOR"
    See your name on wheels! As an official "Sponsor" of one of our Wheelchair Riders, you will be invited to one of the reveals, you will get "sponsor" and "producer" credit in our round-up video, and a big thanks on the Sponsor page on our website. Also, we'll include your name on a Wheelchair Costume!

    Don't forget you'll also get a receipt for taxes, a T-shirt and a sticker!

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    THE WIZARD'S APPRENTICE PACKAGE
    This one is a movie lover's dream come true. Backers at this level will get a Limited Edition "The Winston Effect” book personally signed by 4-time Academy Award winning character creator Stan Winston, Lifetime Subscription to Stan Winston School of Character Arts, Stan Winston School in-person tour with co-founders Matt Winston & Erich Grey Litoff, and the Stan Winston Studio Behind-the-Scenes Documentary DVD.

    This dream package also comes with the receipt for taxes, a T-shirt, and a sticker!

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    THE DINOSAUR REWARD
    This is the BIG ONE. You'll get an actual screen-used Jurassic Park Dinosaur Tooth or Claw, a real piece of movie history from one of the most iconic films ever made!

    In addition, you'll get the Limited Edition "The Winston Effect” book signed by legendary character creator Stan Winston, a Stan Winston School tour with co-founders Matt Winston & Erich Grey Litoff, and the Stan Winston Studio Behind-the-Scenes Documentary DVD.

    You'll also receive the tax receipt, T-shirt, and this package would not be complete without the sticker, so you get that too!

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