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Magic Wheelchair, Putting a Smile on Children’s Faces! #WATWB

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Welcome to the “We are the World Blogfest” (#WATWB ). The #WATWB was inspired by a simple conversation about how all the negativity on social media was weighing on us. Wanting to make a difference we decided to try to do our part to infuse social media with all the good stories that are out there. We hope to share the stories that show kindness, compassion, hope, overcoming challenges and in general, the impressive resilience of the human spirit. For every dark, negative story out there, there is a positive, heartwarming story that will add some light and lift the human spirit. The last Friday of every month bloggers will share their stories led by five co-hosts, this month’s co-hosts are Shilpa Garg, Sylvia McGrath, Mary Giese, Guilie Castillo and myself. To learn more about #WATWB or to join us click here!


On October 31st many countries around the world celebrate Halloween also known as All Hallows’ Eve. Halloween in most western countries is a holiday primarily for children where dressing up in costumes and either attending parties or trick or treating is commonplace. For some children (and many of us adults 😉 ) it is the one day of the year we can don a costume and become something different. Many dress up in scary costumes or go as their heroes. Many times children in wheelchairs are excluded from completely dressing up. I love Halloween and I love to see children revel in becoming their favorite character even if it’s just for one day.

Ryan and Lana Weimer have five children, three of whom were born with Spinal Muscular Atrophy a form of Muscular Dystrophy. SMA is characterized by loss of motor function and progressive muscle wasting which often confines the child to a wheelchair.

Every Halloween, Ryan determined to make sure his kids were included would create amazing costumes to transform his children and their wheelchairs. What started out as a simple act of love for his children became an endeavor which has brought smiles to disabled kids all over the world. In 2015, Ryan and Lana started Magic Wheelchair, a non-profit organization that seeks to put a smile on the face of every child in a wheelchair.

Watch here to check out some of the costumes Magic Wheelchair has created:

Article about Magic Wheelchair: https://www.rd.com/true-stories/inspiring/halloween-costumes-kids-in-wheelchairs/

Learn More About Magic Wheelchair: https://www.magicwheelchair.org/

To Learn More About SMA: http://www.muscle.ca/about-muscular-dystrophy/types-of-neuromuscular-disorders/spinal-muscular-atrophy/

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40 thoughts on “Magic Wheelchair, Putting a Smile on Children’s Faces! #WATWB”

  1. Ryan is a very cool and loving dad. The costumes for his children are amazing. Thanks for sharing this story, Belinda. I hope that there are many more wheelchair-bound kids getting dressed up for Halloween so they can enjoy the trick or treating fun.

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    1. I’m in awe of how much love he puts into all the costumes. He really does help make the kids feel like superheroes! Thanks so much for dropping by. Have a wonderful weekend! 😊

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  2. This is FABULOUS! These may be some of the most awesome Halloween costumes I’ve ever seen! I can totally imagine other kids, not in wheelchairs, getting jealous and wanting to get a wheelchair for next year because these costumes are so absolutely COOL! And, also, I can’t help but wonder how this didn’t become a thing before… Like, decades ago. As Ryan and his team had no problem discovering, a wheelchair offers all sorts of *amazing* possibilities for a Halloween costume. Love this man. Really.
    Guilie @ Quiet Laughter (October co-host)

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    1. I love the costumes, so inventive and definitely able to make any kid feel like a superhero! Thank you so much for taking the time to drop by! Wishing you a wonderful week!

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  3. Such an amazing initiative. Love the way the wheelchairs have been transformed. The smiles on the children’s face speak a lot! Thanks for sharing such a heartwarming story, Belinda!

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  4. Yikes an extraordinary show of love and determination to have disabled children be a part of Halloween! They can have their dreams come true of being superheros 🙂 And gorgeous amazing costumes I reckon any non-disabled child or adult would be happy to don! Thanks Belinda, lovely post for #WATWB! And thank you for hosting!

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  5. Hi Belinda – that’s a wonderful project to see and to know about – gosh those creations are just fabulous for the kids – they can really be front of stage … loved seeing the machines and the love that abounds around the enterprise … so special. Cheers Hilary
    PS -my post going up on Tuesday …

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    1. Great that the wheelchair has disappeared and now they are their favorite superhero…talk about empowering! 🙂 Thank you so much for taking the time to drop by! Wishing you a wonderful week! Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by! Wishing you a wonderful week!

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  6. What a wonderful project by Ryan. Some of those costumes are amazingly complex! The girl in a chariot with moving horse heads for example. Wow! Some things just never cross my mind – like how would kids in wheelchairs include their chair in the costume. Thanks for sharing the Magic Wheelchair with us Belinda and for hosting WATWB!

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  7. Beautiful Belinda. The boy still inside me wouldn’t mind a go in some of those cars and carts too! What a lift for those children. What a great source of meaning and enrichment for Ryan in the face of a life that could be very trying at times.

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    1. I agree, what started as an act of love for their sons snowballed into something beautiful and meaningful for so many other children. Thanks so much for stopping by Curtis! Wishing you a wonderful week.

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