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Magic Wheelchairs Are The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of

Ryan and Laura Weimer's son Keaton has Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), a genetic disease that affects his voluntary muscle movement. He was just 9 months old when doctors diagnosed Keaton; but, rather than be discouraged, his family improvised.

On his first Halloween, Keaton told his dad, that he wanted to be a pirate. So, Ryan dressed him up and built him a pirate ship. It was a vessel fit for the high seas and Keaton cruised happily from door to door.

"I realized, 'Keaton has this wheelchair he cruises around in, and every pirate needs a ship, so let's just build one around his chair!'" Ryan wrote on his website.

After that night, the Weimers began to dream bigger.  

They wanted to bring that same kind of joy to other kids facing a similar condition to their son's - that's when they formed Magic Wheelchairs. It is a nonprofit organization that builds custom wheelchair costumes for children.

Although these custom chairs are expensive, between $2,000 and $4,000 USD to make, support comes from partners like the Muscular Dystrophy Association of America and FedEx.

Interested candidates fill out an application on the organization's website and recommendations are also taken from local children's hospitals.

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