Star Wars wheelchair reveal for sick child

Portland, Ore. (KPTV) — You wouldn’t know it by his sweet smile and calm demeanor, but 8-year old Daniel is battling brain and spinal cancer.

But today, Daniel Shaughnessy is taking on a new identity–Darth Vader. And the whole gang from Star Wars was there in his honor, and mom too.

Jessica said, “The music, the actual built costumes, all of the kids with their light sabers, the whole team of people that came out with them in costume. I mean… it was amazing, absolutely amazing.”

In the last year, a tumor damaged Daniel’s spinal cord and he lost his ability to walk. Since he’s bound to his chair, the folks at Magic Wheelchair wanted to give him the most stylish set of wheels around, just in time for Halloween.

Ryan Weimer, Co-founder of Magic Wheelchair said, “We call it a cure for the day and it feels like that for these guys. Their disabilities seem to disappear in other people’s eyes.” Volunteers pieced the one-of-a-kind costume together just for Daniel. “Typically a costume would take about 200 hours to do,” said Weimer.

Jessica said, “There were definite tears! Definite tears, and being able to see the look on his face when they took the cover off, and he got to see it, was amazing!

This year, you might mistake Daniel for Darth Vader as he cruises around in his TIE fighter–but you certainly won’t mistake that smile.

“The things that they do and just out of the goodness of their hearts that they do these things is so amazing,” added Jessica.

Magic Wheelchair transforms wheelchairs for kids all around the country. You can learn more from their website at

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