NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla. — A North Fort Myers boy who has battled muscular dystrophy his entire life can now do so while battling ghosts, living his favorite movie on his newly customized “Ghostbusters” wheelchair.
The revelation came at the North Fort Myers Fire Department Monday afternoon after Carter won a national competition through the Muscular Dystrophy Association and Magic Wheelchair.
Magic Wheelchair promotes the inclusion and self-expression of people with disabilities by transforming their wheelchairs and partnering with MDA each year to customize a wheelchair for a child with a neuromuscular disease.
“The great thing about Magic Wheelchair is that they let the kid choose whatever theme they want and that’s the theme they came up with on their own, they love the new Ghostbuster movie and it’s the movie he chose,” director Erin Randall said. of the firefighters’ partnership with MDA.
Carter, who has congenital Ullrich muscular dystrophy (CMD), turned 9 last week with a low-key celebration as he recovered from his 13th operation.
The unveiling of his new wheelchair is the ultimate birthday present for the boy who’s watched the new ‘Ghostbusters: After Life’ movie more than mom can count.
“I don’t even know how many times he made us watch it,” his mother Tara Rhodes said. “He’s been driving his wheelchair since he was 2, it’s his mode of transportation. He’s always been independent but having something for him that he loves is amazing.”
The wheelchair was complete with a proton pack, Muncher the monster, and a ghost-catching robot that Carter can control with an Xbox remote. While also wearing the beige Ghostbusting uniform with a patch that now reads “Carter”.
“It’s really cool,” Carter said, and “I really like the movie.”
“Just seeing the joy on his face was it,” added his mother Tara.