(WSVN) - Eight-year-old Daniel may have cancer, but that’s not stopping him from celebrating the holiday. Thanks to the goodness of others, he’s got a creative costume, straight out of the Galactic Empire!
Daniel loves “Star Wars.” So, some very special people helped him celebrate with a Halloween costume from a galaxy far, far away.
You wouldn’t know it by his sweet smile, but 8-year old Daniel is battling brain and spinal cancer.
Jessica Tomas, Daniel’s mom: “He’s got the coolest last name ever!”
But this Halloween, Daniel Shaughnessy is taking on a new identity: Darth Vader, and the whole gang from ‘Star Wars’ is by his side.
Jessica Thomas: “The music, the actual built costume, all of the kids with their light sabers, the whole team of people that came out with him 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, so 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: “We call it a Cure for the Day. And it really 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.
Ryan Weimer: “Typically, a costume would take about 200 hours to do.”
Jessica Thomas: “There were definite tears! And being able to see the look on his face when they actually took the cover off, and he saw 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.
Jessica Thomas: “The things they do, and just out of the goodness of their hearts that they do these things, is so amazing.”
Daniel Shaughnessy: “Thank you!”
Magic Wheelchair transforms wheelchairs for kids around the country.
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