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Walkin’ & Rollin’ Costume’s History
We never knew that when our 3 year old son wanted to be Wall-E for Halloween, and we built a costume around his wheelchair, that it was the beginning of an epic journey of discovery. Not just discovery of what we can build and design around a wheelchair, but the discovery of how that simple wheelchair costume would forever change our son’s outlook toward life. His self esteem skyrocketed, his peers, who used to look at him differently, suddenly looked at him in awe and saw him as just another kid with an incredible Halloween costume. He became proud of his costume and shared it with everyone he met. It was in that moment that we realized this was not just a Halloween costume made of cardboard, paint, and plastic. It was so much more, and it would forever change our lives.
We wanted to share that same experience with other families. We’ve come a long way over the years, and we have so much further to go. Our goal is to build unique costumes for ever special needs kid who would like one, free of charge to the families. Check out the timeline below to see how we’ve grown, and to see how you can help us achieve that goal.
New groups are helping create miniature franchises of Walkin’ & Rollin’ Costumes. Our first high school stepped forward to build an amazing Star Wars Tie Interdictor wheelchair costume for local child. They raised the funds themselves, worked as a team to build the costume in 8-10 weeks and revealed the costume to the child at Planet Comicon 2017. Another 4-H organization has requested to help build a costume for another child. A third group from the Cincinnati area is interested in setting up to build their first costume for another child in their area. Having these amazing groups decide to give back and help make these amazing costumes for kids in wheelchairs is what Walkin’ & Rollin’ Costumes is all about. These groups took it upon themselves to reach out to us through our website and offer to build a costume as a group. Visit our sponsorship page to get involved and start your own team today.
The more groups willing to help build a costume, the more kids we can reach each year. Our goal is to make sure that any child in a walker or wheelchair that would like one of these costumes, is able to receive one, free of charge to the families. Join our organization today. There are many ways everyone can help.