National nonprofit organization Magic Wheelchair teamed up with Paso Robles business Daniels Wood Land to make this Halloween extra special for one Atascadero boy.
When local mom and Parents for Joy board member Sarah Sullivan applied for a Magic Wheelchair costume for her son Keagan a few years ago, she said that she thought she’d never hear back from them. But recently, Magic Wheelchair found a local partner to help build the costume in Paso Robles construction company Daniels Wood Land and contacted Sullivan to let her know that Keagan had been chosen.
Daniels Wood Land is known for its outlandish creations including themed playground equipment, shooting galleries and more. The company was featured on the DIY Network’s “Cabin Brothers” TV show in 2018.
Keagan was presented with his wheelchair costume — a replica of Cyborg’s vehicle from the TV show “Teen Titans Go!” — at the Atascadero Downtown Business Improvement District’s Trick or Treat on Entrada event on Halloween night.
“It’s going to be an amazing night for (Keagan),” Sullivan said. “He’s going to be the center of attention for a good reason and not for being in the way — we tend to be in the way with the wheelchair and it’s a little difficult to get around. It’s still going to be difficult to get around but people are going to notice him and he loves attention. It’s going to be really cool.”
Keagan giggled with excitement and clapped his hands as the vehicle was unveiled. Decked out in his Cyborg costume, Keagan said that he felt like he was famous as he wheeled his way into the “T-Car” as it’s called with press cameras rolling. Accompanied by his mom, Sarah, dad, Mark and little brother, Xander — dressed as the “Teen Titans Go!” characters Starfire, Robin and Beast Boy, respectively — Keagan took home the award for Best Family Costume in the annual costume contest at the event.
Daniels Wood Land Senior Vice President of Theming CJ Berg spent around five weeks working to build the T-Car during his spare time but refused to take the credit, calling the project a team effort.
“I had to work on it in my free time after hours so there’s a lot of weekends and a lot of love that went into it,” Berg said. “Luckily Mark (Keagan’s dad) joined me for a number of days and helped me and a number of people at our shop helped to paint and finish it. It’s always a team effort.”
Berg said that the vehicle was made using EPS Hard Coat, a microcellular polymeric material that is damage-resistant and can even stand up to a direct flame.
“It’s incredibly durable so it will last for years,” he said.
Those interested in applying for the Magic Wheelchair program can learn more at magicwheelchair.org. For more information on Daniel’s Wood Land, visit danielswoodland.com.