Watch a Kid Become a Ghostbuster for a Day With Dan Aykroyd's Help

Braeden Rios, flanked by some Ghostbuster cosplayers, got the day of a lifetime. Image: For the Win

The world can be a pretty crappy place, but one thing everyone agrees on is that making the dreams of sick kids come true is incredibly awesome. And that’s what recently happened for an eight-year-old Iowa boy named Braeden Rios.

Rios, who suffers from bronchomalacia, has been a Ghostbusters fan for his whole life. So the For the Win Project, with the help of Sony Pictures, flew him and his family to Los Angeles, where he became a Ghostbuster for the day. It all began with a call to action via a phone call from Ray Stanz himself, Dan Aykroyd. Here’s a quick video recap.

In addition to everything you see above, Rios and his family were greeted by a video that included special messages from Ghostbusters directors Ivan Reitman and Paul Feig. The superfan also got to use props from the original and rebooted films, have a full photo shoot and film shoot, and more. Then, on June 8, For the Win arranged a screening for Rios and his family back in their hometown to rewatch the whole experience.


Finally, here’s Rios’ unique Ghostbusters poster, a staple of the For the Win Project, which was created by co-founders Jaimie Trueblood and Jesse Wilson

Now that is awesome.

And here’s the trailer for the whole event.

For more on this organization and this one-of-a-kind experience, visit their website or Facebook.


[For the Win Project]

Update: We added the trailer and the name of the other co-founder.


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