Episode 3: Breaking Barriers & Building Joy: A Conversation with Ryan Weimer of Magic Wheelchair
This episode brings you an interview with Ryan Weimer, founder of Magic Wheelchair. When Ryan - a father of 5 children, three of whom have Spinal Muscular Atrophy, which requires the use of wheelchairs for the entirety of their lives - took his 3-year-old son out for Halloween in a home-built pirate ship costume, he saw for the first time people treating his son not like a child in a wheelchair, but just like every other child out trick-or-treating that night. Themoment was so meaningful that Ryan realized it was something that other families with special needs kids deserved to have as well - and Magic Wheelchair was born.
Magic Wheelchair is a non-profit organization with a vision "to put a smile on the face of every child in a wheelchair". By recruiting and organizing Build Teams, and supporting them with technical guidance and materials, Magic Wheelchair teams have transformed wheelchairs into pirate ships, fire engines, race cars, sea turtles, even a chef's kitchen. The all-volunteer teams are a mix of pros and amateurs, artists, designers, photographers, and just people eager to pitch in and help, and they work directly on customizing each costume idea to meet the design each kid desires.
Magic Wheelchair looks for donations of all sizes and volunteers of all kinds to keep their organization growing. Donations can be made on their site, and all their costumes can be seen on their website and social media pages (the imagines are unreal, Broke Girls! Check them out!). Learn more here: http://www.magicwheelchair.org/ or find them on Instagram or Facebook!