Kids Receive Star Wars Themed Wheelchairs at Comic-Con
Free wheelchair costumes, including one made by a 3D printer, were given to seven kids with muscular dystrophy (MD) at this year’s Comic-Con in San Diego.
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Congratulations to the 7 kids who received Magic Wheelchairs.
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The costumes, which were given by the non-profit organization Magic Wheelchair, featured spaceships and characters that originated from Star Wars movies. After each child received a costume, they had a parade, which drew tons of attention from convention attendees.
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In order to make the seven costumes, Magic Wheelchair collected more than $25,000 through a fund-raising website. They also recruited more than 10 companies and organizations to take part in building the wheelchair costumes.
Massivit 3D, one of the builders, used a 3D printer to create an “X-Wing” spaceship costume.
Ryan Weimer, who founded Magic Wheelchair, said that ten years ago he had this idea to make a Halloween wheelchair costume for his son, who suffers from MD. He turned his son’s wheelchair into a pirate ship, which gained a lot of local attention.
“When Keaton was three years old, he had a powered wheelchair. Halloween rolls around and he wants to be a pirate. I was looking at his wheelchair and thought, ‘Man, we could build a ship around this chair,’ so we did.” And that night, magic happened: https://t.co/a5fg5GLnOg pic.twitter.com/3BHHLMyCat
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Since then he started to make more wheelchair costumes, not only to make kids happy, but also to raise public awareness of Muscular Dystrophy. Gradually, he had more and more people join him.
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“There is this awkwardness surrounding disability. We built that first costume and the awkwardness just disappeared. People came right up to him, just treated him like a kid,” Weimer said.