Dan Aykroyd Helps 8 Year Old Boy Become a Ghostbuster for a Day

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Braeden Rios Ghostbuster

Dan Aykroyd lent a helping hand recently to help fulfill the wish of an eight-year-old boy who wanted to be a Ghostbuster.

Braeden Rios is an Iowa boy with bronchomalacia who’s been a fan of the film series his entire life. He and his family were chosen by For the Win Project to be flown to Los Angeles where he became a Ghostbuster for the day.

With the help of Sony Pictures, For the Win Project arranged to have Braeden welcomed with video messages that included two from the original and new Ghostbusters directors, Ivan Reitman and Paul Feig.

His adventure then began with a phone call from Dan Aykroyd as Ghostbuster Ray Stanz, charging him with the task of protecting Los Angeles from a rampaging Stay Puft marshmellow man.

Using special effects along with props from both Ghostbusters franchises, including the original Ecto-1 Ectomobile, Braeden was suited up to tackle the lumbering giant.

Following his adventure in Los Angeles, Braeden and his family were treated to a special theatre screening in their home town on June 8th – the official Ghostbusters Day.


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The video was accompanied by a movie poster (below) created by For the Win Project co-founders Jaimie Trueblood and Jesse Wilson.

Check out the three minute Ghostbusters video starring Braeden Rios:

Ghostbusters was originally envisioned by Dan Aykroyd at his Kingston-area family home. Both he and his ancestors have a long history of interest & involvement with the paranormal.

Also check out this Gizmodo article with more about For The Win Project and some behind the scenes video of Braeden’s adventure.

Braeden Rios' Gostbusters movie poster


Images and video: For the Win Project