As I envisioned it, Community Spotlight was supposed to be my way of thanking EGC Acolytes for their support and shining a light on their own awesome nerdtastic projects(and I still have plans for that). However, I think it can also be a tool to introduce our Acolytes to influencers outside of our small community here at EGC, who still operate within the horror/geek spheres. Today, I’d like to introduce you guys to one of the coolest charities I’ve ever heard of: Magic Wheelchair.
Magic Wheelchair is a nonprofit organization that builds inclusive cosplay for wheelchair-bound children. Ryan and Lana Weimer, the family that founded the organization, officially started their crusade in 2015. However, three of their five children were born with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, so Ryan has been making these awesome costumes for his own children for a lot longer. As always with the internet, news spread about Ryan’s projects and soon he began receiving requests from families around the world to do the same for their kids. Thus, Magic Wheelchair was born.
Donations and Shop
Magic Wheelchair is always looking for donations so that these costumes can remain expense-free for recipients’ families, but this time of year is particularly important with Halloween just around the corner. According to the donation page on their website, they’ve only received 30% of their funding goal, so if you have some spare cash, consider helping Magic Wheelchair. There is even an option to donate towards a particular project. If you’d like some swag in return for your donation, check out their shop. Earlier this year, six lucky kids formed the Magic Wheelchair Justice League at San Diego Comic-Con 2017. Their Justice League t-shirt celebrates that event.
Magic Wheelchair also offers volunteer opportunities, so if the below applies to you consider submitting an application.
Magic Wheelchair volunteers build epic wheelchair costumes all year long, not just at Halloween. We have teams of volunteer builders popping up all over the place, gearing up to build epic wheelchair costumes and put big smiles on the faces of some awesome kiddos.If you are interested in building a Magic Wheelchair team in your area, please fill out this form so we can send you our Builders Guide and start building some Magic!
To be eligible for a Magic Wheelchair costume, a kiddo must be between the ages of 5 and 17 and primarily use a wheelchair. By submitting an application, you agree to the terms and conditions.
Lastly, help get the word out about Magic Wheelchair! Give them a like on Facebook or follow their, in my opinion, criminally underfollowed Twitter. Just one look at their Twitter feed and you are guaranteed a smile. Please share this post with your own communities or if not this post, one of their heartwarming Twitter posts. Your one retweet could be their next possible donation.
- This is not sponsored content. I am not affiliated with Magic Wheelchair. I’m just a donor who loves what they do.
- Please do not contact me about being featured on Community Spotlight.
- For information about Magic Wheelchair, visit their home site- magicwheelchair.org