For Halloween, who wouldn’t love to have a dragon to ride as part of their costume? Keaton Weimer is a 9-year-old boy with a rare form of muscular dystrophy called spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) who has a father set on doing just that.
It seems an incredible request for a Halloween costume of “Toothless” from How to Train Your Dragon, but this is not the first amazing costume created by Ryan Weimer for his son.
Keaton’s father Ryan has been on a creative journey that began five years ago, when Keaton asked to be a pirate for Halloween. Keaton had just gotten his first wheelchair, and Weimer had one of those aha moments.
“Keaton has this wheelchair he cruises around in, and every pirate needs a ship, so let’s just build one around his chair!”
Ryan Weimer then created a pirate ship Halloween wheelchair costume for Keaton to sail around in for Halloween.
“Keaton loved it! What kid wouldn’t love having a pirate ship to roll deep in, sailing through the streets, collecting Halloween booty? He even made the front page of the newspaper!”
Since then, Ryan has created specially made Halloween costumes for his two children with SMA.
To support the creations of this year’s Toothless wheelchair costume, and for future more elaborate Halloween costumes each year, Weimer launched a Kickstarter page to help raise funds for the costumes. The fundraising effort raked in nearly $6,500.
Ryan Weimer’s next goal through Kickstarter is to start a dedicated charity, Magic Wheelchair, to help raise money for similar projects for wheelchair bound children. Weimer has several purposes he hopes the charity will fulfill, reported Rare.
“We will lay the ground work for changing the face of what it means to be in a wheelchair at least for one epic night a year! We will raise awareness of Muscular Dystrophy, while bringing a large portion of epic joy to those that suffer with the difficulties that this disease brings.”
Through Kickstarter, the Weimer family have already received enough donated funds to create Keaton’s next Halloween costume. To reach their goal, they are hoping to raise $10,000. Weimer treasures how much his children have enjoyed the costumes he made and hopes other children in wheelchairs will too.
“I want people to look at my kids, not because they’re different, but because they’re amazing. And whatever I can do to try to create those opportunities [for other children] is what I want to do. And I’d love for other kids to be able to have that same experience…. It’s just an awesome opportunity for [kids] to be flying around on the dragon of their dreams.”