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Girl born with spinal muscular atrophy gets Halloween costume fit for a princess

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Kayla VanderZanden as Princess Elsa in her costume. Kayla VanderZanden as Princess Elsa in her costume.

Like most girls, 7-year-old Kayla VanderZanden loves the Disney movie Frozen.

She loves it so much, in fact, she wants to be Princess Elsa for Halloween – again.  She was Princess Elsa last year, too.

But unlike most girls, she was born with spinal muscular atrophy and is confined to a stroller or wheelchair.

That’s where Magic Wheelchair comes in.

The Keizer-based nonprofit was started earlier this year by Ryan and Lana Weimer, who have been building epic Halloween costumes for their own children for years.

They too were born with SMA.

In this inaugural year, Magic Wheelchair volunteers are building eight costumes for children in Portland, Cornelius, Salem, Eugene – and across the country in Georgia.

Kayla VanderZanden is one of them.

Friday night, you could see the magic on her face as she got to see her Frozen ice castle for the very first time.

“This time she’s going to be the talk of the street for sure,” her mother, Shawna VanderZanden, told Fox 12’s Kelsey Watts.  “This is the best thing we could hope for this Halloween."

The man who built Kayla’s kingdom is a builder by trade; Geoff Keller is the Construction Location Foreman for the hit TV show Grimm.

“It’s definitely the smile on her face and that’s what it’s about, being able to do something that brings a lot of joy and excitement,” Keller told Fox 12.  

All for a little girl fit for a crown.

A real-life princess finally able to let it go.

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