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Charity Transforms Boy's Wheelchair Into Halloween Costume



    Company Transforms Boy's Wheelchair Into Halloween Costume

    Halloween can be tough for some children with disabilities. Most costumes are not made with them in mind. But a Virginia mom is getting help from a company called Magic Wheelchair. News4's Chris Lawrence shows us how they transformed her son’s chair into a costume worthy of Hollywood. (Published Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018)

    Most Halloween costumes are not made with children with disabilities in mind, but an Oregon-based non-profit transformed a Virginia boy's wheelchair into a Halloween costume worthy of a movie set.

    Brian McNulty volunteers with Magic Wheelchair, a charity that builds epic costumes for children with disabilities across the nation. This Halloween, he built a Jeep for Kevin, a 15-year-old Manassas teen who uses a wheelchair. But it's not just any Jeep, it's the Jeep from "Jurassic Park."

    The costume is made of foam and set on a frame that fits around Kevin's wheelchair. McNulty says the hardest part is making sure the fit and movement are perfect. 

    "When we put the extra foam on the side, he won't hurt himself," McNulty said.

    McNulty used references from the movie to make sure the costume was accurate.

    "The amazing thing with Magic Wheelchair is they will see the costume first, and they won't see the disability," McNulty said. 

    The finish product left Kevin's mother, Jessica Leigh, speechless.

    "It's hard every year to get a costume for him to go enjoy Halloween," Leigh said. "I don't even have any words for it. I'm just grateful, so grateful."

    Some of the costumes Magic Wheelchair builds cost thousands of dollars, but all of the work is done through donations.

    For information on how you can help Magic Wheelchair and their mission, go here.

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