About this project
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."
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.
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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!
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.
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.
This is Hunter. He's 14 and we’re building him the Quinjet from Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D..
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
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:
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!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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