Magic Wheelchair Unveils 7 Epic Star Wars Costumes at SDCC for Kids with Disabilities
Magic Wheelchair, a nonprofit organization that builds custom cosplay costumes for kids with disabilities, unveiled a host of awesome Star Wars costumes at SDCC this past weekend. A group of super Star Wars fans were selected to receive these Hollywood-level designed costumes from the designers including Adam Savage, Tom Spina, Fon H Davis, Michael McMaster, Gordon Tarpley, Pixologic, Dangling Carrot, and Monster City Studios. Each one of these designers created an epic cosplay costume from the Star Wars universe for their chosen disabled kid.
The costumes are simply amazing to see, and each one has a mix of animatronics, sounds, LEDs, and other awesome features that make each one of these creations some of the most epic Star Wars cosplay costumes you’ll ever see. We were sent some photos of the kids in their costumes, as well as glamour shots of them photoshopped into Star Wars posters to really sell the awesomeness of their new getups. You can check them out below.
About Magic Wheelchair
Ryan and Lana Weimer, the founders of Magic Wheelchair, have five children, three of whom were born with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, which requires the use of wheelchairs for the entirety of their lives. Each Halloween, Ryan made the biggest, “baddest” costumes that he could for his sons, Keaton and Bryce. Once news of these costumes spread, Ryan began receiving requests from parents around the world asking if he would transform their kids’ wheelchairs into “magic”. In 2015, Ryan and Lana decided to make that happen and started Magic Wheelchair, the non-profit organization that seeks to put a smile on the face of every child in a wheelchair.
Magic Wheelchair takes costume requests on the organization’s website. Because some of the kiddos have life-threatening illnesses, it is the goal of Magic Wheelchair to fulfill every single request as soon as possible.
Magic Wheelchair provides each volunteer builder with all necessary building materials and resources. They partner with the Stan Winston School of Character Arts to train builders, and bring together incredible and unlikely volunteers, anywhere from local comic book conventions to the special effects industry. The organization relies on donations made by the community surrounding each costume build. To date, Magic Wheelchair has built costumes for over 100 families nationwide and, this year, they anticipate delivering over 100 costumes in 2018.
To learn more about the organization and access media, visit: www.magicwheelchair.org.
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