The Fourth was strong with fans this past Star Wars Day as children’s hospitals nationwide hosted May the 4th events for patients and their families. The Force for Change-supported events brought positivity, happiness, smiles, and the Force into each hospital.
Five hospitals, including Boston Children’s Hospital, UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital of New York, and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, hosted costumed characters, special screenings, Star Wars-themed desserts, art activities, and much more!
Patients shared glowing smiles as they interacted with fan favorites like Darth Vader, Kylo Ren, Chewbacca, Princess Leia, Rey, Boba Fett, R2-D2, and stormtroopers. They also found new energy from the excitement that local volunteer fan groups, like the 501st Legion, R2-D2 Builders Club, and the Rebel Legion, brought to each event with their highly realistic costumed characters and droids.
At Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, one patient in particular had a remarkably positive day making noodle lightsabers and interacting with Star Wars characters while grinning from ear to ear. May the 4th not only brought fun and activities, but also strength and healing to the children.
Star Wars: Force for Change would like to give a special thanks to the supportive, inspirational child life specialists, doctors, nurses, volunteers, and staff who helped bring the Force to patients and families for a memorable May the 4th.