This Dad Is Creating Unbelievable Costumes For Kids In Wheelchairs

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.  When Ryan asked his son 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 around  his chair!”     -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.

Today, there are 18 teams of volunteer builders. “This year, thanks to the help of some incredible volunteers, we have been able to spread around the country,” Wendy Barrett, a friend of Magic Wheelchair, told Simplemost. In 2016, they plan to build 25 costumes in 11 different states.

In order to be selected, the kids have to submit a short video describing their idea.   Those that are accepted get to watch their dream become reality.

 

Here’s come cool photos from the designs they create:

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Entire Town Helps Terminally Ill Farmer Harvest His Crops

Carl Bates is a farmer in Galva, Illinois. Sadly, he was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer. When it was time to harvest his corn in 2015, he was bedridden and simply didn’t have the ability to do so.

His family gently reached out to a few neighbors and asked if they could help harvest his 450 acres.

This is where the story becomes magical. Word quickly spread through the town and on a day in September, 40 people arrived at Carl’s farm with 10 corn combines, 12 super-sized grain carts and 16 semi trucks to give Carl a helping hand.

What normally takes Carl an entire week took the team only 10 hours to accomplish. Local businesses even pitched in to keep the volunteers fed as they worked the long hours.

Bates, extremely thankful for the generosity of his neighbors, told Today, “One of the things we’ve noticed is how great it is to see people help each other for a change as opposed to all the bad news stories out there.”

Even a year later, this story makes me feel good. As I visit my own family farm and pass others harvesting their fall crops, I can’t help but think how wonderful our community is.

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This Wedding Reception Featured Adorable Disney-Themed Guest Tables

Once upon a time (isn’t that how all Disney stories begin?), Ty proposed to Ashley, right near Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle. That alone pretty much guarantees that these two will have a Disney-themed wedding, right?

The bride and groom are both huge fans of Disney, of course, and we love the subtle but special ways they tied various Disney movies into their wedding reception.

These are Carl and Ellie’s chairs from “Up” on the cake. (Awww!)

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The tables at the Houston reception each had a different Disney movie theme.

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According to PopSugar, “The Little Mermaid table included a dinglehopper and a snarfblatt, and the “Beauty and the Beast” table featured Lumiere, Mrs. Potts, Chip, and a rose that Ashley made herself. Other tables were inspired by “Tangled,” “Cinderella,” “Frozen,” “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” and “Alice in Wonderland.”

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Bride Makes Some Disney DIY Magic

The site 7 Centerpieces notes that many of the centerpieces were the DIY handiwork of the bride.

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What a sweet Disney tie-in!

RELATED: Check out these photos from Serena William’s magical Disney-inspired wedding:

If you’re looking for more Disney wedding inspiration, how about these ideas?

We have 20 magical Disney wedding cakes that will make you want to plan a fairytale wedding. Check out some of our favorites, shared on Instagram by Disney Weddings.

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And check out this Christmas-themed cake that also promises a Disney-style happy ending.

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This “Beauty and the Beast”-themed rose cake might be our favorite.

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If you want to go big, you can actually get married in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom!

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You can also tie the knot at Epcot, as seen in the photo shared below by Disney Weddings:

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And don’t worry, Disneyland lovers! You can tie the not at your favorite theme park, too. Michelle and Brian said they wanted to “share the magic and wonder we feel when we’re at the parks with our closest friends and family,” in a post shared on Facebook by White Rabbit Photo Boutique.

Can’t get enough Disney magic? Check out this video for a little extra pixie dust:

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Single Daughters Take Wedding Pictures With Dad Who Has Alzheimer’s

It might seem somewhat strange that two single women would take wedding photos with their father—but when the father in question has Alzheimer’s, it makes perfect sense.

Twins Sarah and Becca Duncan knew that they may not get to spend their actual wedding days with their father, Scott, so they decided to jump the gun and take wedding pictures with him now.

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In 2013, Scott Duncan, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Now, at the age of 80, his symptoms have worsened. With the knowledge that their time with Scott might be limited, the sisters had the idea to stage a wedding photo shoot in their home state of Texas (despite the total lack of wedding plans in the works, as the 23-year-olds are single) so their father could be part of those memories no matter what.

Photographer and family friend Lindsey Rabon was enlisted to capture the special day.

“I loved the idea from the second they pitched it,” Rabon told The Huffington Post in an interview. “This was definitely a first for me. I’ve worked with families who are dealing with terminal illness, but this idea was so creative and unique and definitely something the girls will treasure for a long time.”

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Wearing donated wedding gowns, the twins were able to experience semi-traditional “wedding day” happiness with their father. Though Rabon says Scott wasn’t totally sure what was happening, they were able to coax some smiles out of him in the end.

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No, we’re not crying… someone was just chopping onions nearby.

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High School Seniors Turn Their Parking Spots Into Very Cool Pieces Of Art

First of all, I can’t believe that high school seniors have their own parking spaces. I very rarely got to drive to school, and even then, you just parked wherever you could. Nowadays, some seniors get their own assigned parking spots, and with that privilege comes the opportunity to personalize it.

No, not just your name on the curb. That’s for old fogies like PRINCIPAL or ATHLETIC DIRECTOR. No, these parking spots are true works of art. It’s now a popular thing, it would seem; here’s some Pinspiration for you and check out these works of parking art below:

Good luck getting there on time, Martha!

Love this positive message from Elise Hutson.

Madison Bradley channeling her inner Grateful Dead.

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Alison Harms says Cubs all the way even though she moved to Ft. Worth.

It’s nice to see that many seniors aren’t too cool to let their parents help them paint.

Something tells us J.K. Rowling would be a big fan of Elizabeth Victor‘s spot.

These students have some serious talent!

You gonna eat your tots? Mark Hamilton’s son is a Napoleon Dynamite fan.

Reece Wilson took her inspiration from her first name.

Some of these spots are so lovely, it seems a shame to park a car over them!

A view from above of an Austin, Texas, high school with painted parking spots.

Seniors put a lot of thought into their spots, and painting them has become an important ritual for many.

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Even the Bard made it to a spot.

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And we’ve got a “Friends” fan in the house!

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And at Lebanon High School in Indiana, it is a very big deal.

The question remaining is: What happens after graduation? Do they scrub it off? Or does the whole thing just get blacktopped for the class of 2018?

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This Mom Built Her Paralyzed Baby A DIY Wheelchair From Pinterest

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Evelyn Moore was diagnosed with cancer at 4 months old. After her heartbreaking diagnosis and eight rounds of chemotherapy, Evelyn is now in remission. But, the neuroblastoma tumor on her spine has left her permanently paralyzed below her arms.

Doctors had initially recommended Evelyn learn to army crawl her way around until she was ready for a wheelchair. Dissatisfied with this advice, Evelyn’s mom, Kim Moore, began researching options and found a DIY wheelchair on Pinterest.

Determined to give Evelyn some independence, her parents got to work. They made the DIY baby wheelchair when Evelyn was 7 months old using a Bumbo floor seat, a kitchen cutting board, and wheels from a children’s bike.

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All in all, the parents said it took one night of hard work and $100 to make. In the meantime, they’ll save for the larger wheelchair in Evelyn’s future that will cost thousands.

It took some time to master, but by 13 months old Evelyn had learned how to maneuver her chair with lightning speed.

“She went backwards first and then she went forwards, and then she figured out how to turn,” Moore told The Star in 2016. “And now we have a speed bump in the middle of our living room because she just goes that fast.”

We can’t stop marveling at the “unstoppable” Evelyn. Watch this inspiring video below:

“Normally, she would be propped in a chair or a seat or a stroller somewhere,” Moore said. “This has allowed her to explore her environment just like a crawling child would.”
We hope Evelyn is continuing to grow and thrive — and with such determined and creative parents, we have no doubt she is.
There’s really no limit to the things parents will do to make sure their children can participate in all aspects of life — regardless of any physical limitations they may have. Kate Swenson, whose son Cooper is on the autism spectrum and does not speak, found a creative way for the boy to participate in a video contest of kids saying “mama.”

At first, Swenson assumed Cooper wouldn’t be able to submit a video. But then it occurred to her that her son could, in fact, say mama — he just needs a little help from his specialized tablet.

Watch the touching video they submitted to the contest:

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Grandson Surprises His Grandma With The Most Touching Birthday Gift Ever

When David Goodlings picked up his grandma and went for a drive, she thought she was listening to the radio. But she got the cutest and sweetest surprise of her life: an announcement over the speakers from friends and family, wishing her the best birthday ever.

David’s grandma turned 86 and this honesty the most clever and thoughtful thing I’ve seen. If only I had the editing skills to pull off such a feat! Kudos, David, you are a wonderful grandson and your nan is lucky to have you in her life!

Meet The Couple Who Had Two Babies Five Weeks Apart

When college-sweethearts Nancy and Justin Rohde decided to get married, they anticipated a life full of love and children. Three years later they realized their dream of starting a family together was going to be difficult, even hopeless.

They tried multiple rounds of IVF, but each one failed. They hired a surrogate who sadly miscarried. They tried IVF again, but to no avail.

Then, in August 2015 the couple found a new surrogate—Ashley Brown, a 30-year-old stay-at-home mom from Salt Lake City, Utah. As Ashley prepared for surrogacy, the Rohdes also decided to try one more round of IVF to double their odds—assuming deep down that they would have the same failed results.

Two weeks later, Nancy got a positive pregnancy test. But because doctors feared her body might not be able to carry a baby to term, they went ahead with the surrogacy. Five weeks later, Ashley got her own positive pregnancy test.

Despite their fears, Nancy’s pregnancy was indeed viable. Over the next nine months the two women shared weekly updates as they each prepared to welcome the Rohdes’ “twinbling” daughters.

Nancy gave birth to Lillian Quinn, on May 2 in Chicago, Illinois. Her delivery was not without complications; Nancy suffered from a torn placenta, anemia and preeclampsia. Thankfully, a month later she was healthy enough to travel with Justin and Lily to Utah for the delivery of baby number two.

After a difficult labor for Ashley, the Rohdes welcomed Audrey Eleanor on June 7. And, it was love at first sight for the newly minted family of four.

Now, at home in Chicago, the Rohdes can’t wait to tell the sisters their story someday.

“We’re going to be extremely open with [the twinblings] about their unique entry into the world. I mean, it’s going to be obvious something weird happened. They’re five weeks apart,” Nancy told Cosmopolitan.

 

These Two Relatives Have Exchanged The SAME Birthday Card For 47 Years

Despite the number of digital aids out there aimed at helping us remember birthdays, it’s still easy to miss one. Facebook makes it simple to shoot off a quick “Happy Bday!” message on someone’s wall, but actually sending a card is another thing.

These two relatives have taken sending birthday wishes to the next level. As Reddit user LincolnsLostSpeach shared, her fiance’s uncle and cousin have exchanged the SAME EXACT birthday card with each other for 47 years. That’s 94 exchanges of one card.

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Not only is it amazing that the paper card, a Hallmark creation purchased in 1970 for 25 cents, hasn’t ripped, disintegrated or been lost in the mail after being sent 96 times—it’s amazing that the two men, Bill and Steve, have each been on top of their card-sending game for nearly half a century.

Here’s the front of the card:

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Thanks for inspiring us, Bill and Steve!

A Retired Engineer Built A Miniature Disneyland In His Backyard For His Grandkids [Video]

Disneyland is a pretty amazing place, but let’s face it, it can get pretty darn expensive. Steve Dobbs, a retired aeronautical engineer, wanted to make his grandkids something just as cool as Disneyland but in the comfort of his own backyard. Dobbs named the backyard theme park Dobbsland.

The Orange County Register reported that the idea for Dobbsland started over three years ago when he bought the grandkids a Thomas The Tank Engine train. And, kids being kids, they got bored with the new toy after 10 minutes. So Dobbs started coming up with more and more creative ways to keep the kids entertained.

“My younger grandkids are nuts about Disneyland,” Dobbs told The Orange Country Register. “I wanted to give them a reason to come over to my house to spend time with me, and Disneyland is tough to compete with.”

Dobbsland now features a Finding Nemo submarine (made from PVC and trash bins), a castle with robotic Frozen dolls and a Winnie the Pooh ride.

And for the major attraction, students at California State Polytechnic University used their senior research project to help build a 100-foot-long version of the Disneyland’s famous Matterhorn rollercoaster.

Dobbs says there are more rides already in the works. Thanks to Steve for being such a great grandfather and providing some good-fashioned fun for the kids.

Watch the video above to get a tour of the private park.

This Baby’s Laugh Is Guaranteed To Make You Smile

If this doesn’t make you smile, I don’t know what will. Baby Brooklyn finds it hilarious to watch her dad eat. When a piece of asparagus falls out of his mouth, a giggle fit ensues.

The funniest part? Eight seconds into the video, she laughs so hard that she lets out a little fart, which makes her laugh even harder.

Who would have thought that playing with your food could be so joyful?

[h/t: Cosmopolitan]