Jacksonville girl gifted magic wheelchair through muscular dystrophy association

JACKSONVILLE, Fla — One special little girl was gifted a magic wheelchair on Saturday at the Jacksonville Fire Station One in Downtown Jacksonville.

The local International Association of Firefighters raised funds all across Jacksonville for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.


Anna, a soon-to-be 9-year-old, lives with a neuromuscular disease. On Saturday, her smile was ear-to-ear when she laid eyes on her custom-made wheelchair costume.

The theme of the wheelchair was inspired by one of Anna’s favorite Disney movies.

“For us, it’s like a dream come true for anna, it’s her perfect costume,” said Anna’s mom, Kathleen Hopson.

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Anna’s mom said she entered her daughter into a costume contest through the Muscular Dystrophy Association

This was all made possible through the MDA in partnership with Magic Wheelchair, a non-profit organization that creates custom-made wheelchair costumes.

“We’ve put a lot of our creativity into this and the artists that work with me, we all kind of input our different ideas,” said Magic Wheelchair Builder Stefan Price.

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The MDA said Anna is one of 19,000 people in Florida living with neuromuscular disease.

“We’re bringing a little bit of joy to this special girl’s life,” said Jeremy Kraut-Ordover, with the MDA.

The local international association of firefighters has also raised money for the MDA.

The IAFF local 122 Union President said he believes they’ve raised over $100,000.

This is why we do this, for this sweet family,” said Randy Wyse.

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