Ryan Weimer's son, Keaton, was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) when he was 9 months old. As a result of SMA, Keaton had to use a wheelchair. Â When RyanÂ asked his sonÂ what he wanted to be for Halloween, Keaton said he wanted to be a pirate. That's when the light bulb went off for Ryan:
A couple days later I had one of those moments when my brain decides it's the best time for thinking ? this usually seems to happen way too early in the morning when I should be sleeping or in the shower ? but during this magical thinking moment I realized, "Keaton has this wheelchair he cruises around in, and every pirate needs a ship, so let's just build one aroundÂ his chair!" Â Â -Ryan Weimer, MagicWheelchair.org
The costume was so popular that Ryan launched a nonprofit called Magic Wheelchair to create amazing costumes for other kids in wheelchairs.
Every year, Ryan selects five kids and builds them an out-of-this-world costume. Â He can only select five because it's so expensive and takes up to 200 hours to build each one.
In order to be selected, the kids have to submit a short video describing their idea. Â Those that are accepted get to watch their dreamÂ become reality.