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IL-Northfield - Duke's 4th Birthday Celebration-May 28, 2005

Postby TKvanB » Wed Jul 20, 2005 7:00 pm

<!--EZCODE BOLD START--><strong>Name of Event:</strong><!--EZCODE BOLD END--> Midwest Garrison brightens a little boy's day<br><br><!--EZCODE BOLD START--><strong>Date:</strong><!--EZCODE BOLD END--> Saturday May 28, 2005<br><br><!--EZCODE BOLD START--><strong>Place:</strong><!--EZCODE BOLD END--> <br>Clarkson Park Lodge <br>1950 Willow Road <br>Northfield, IL 60093<br><br><!--EZCODE BOLD START--><strong>Coordinator/Point of Contact:</strong><!--EZCODE BOLD END--> Kathy van Beuningen <br><br><!--EZCODE BOLD START--><strong>Link to event Information:</strong><!--EZCODE BOLD END--><br><br><!--EZCODE LINK START--><a href="http://p083.ezboard.com/fmidwestgarrisonfrm9.showMessage?topicID=1493.topic" target="top">UPDATED May 28-Northfield-Bday 4yr old battling cancer</a><!--EZCODE LINK END--> <br><br><!--EZCODE BOLD START--><strong>MWG Members that attended:</strong><!--EZCODE BOLD END--><br><br>Robb Roidt TK321 Stormtrooper <br>Dan Patterson TK787 Stormtrooper<br>Toby Markham Darth Vader <br>Mike Washko TK895 Stormtrooper<br>Tom Schaefer TI118 TIE pilot<br>Kathy van Beuningen TK9989 stormtrooper <br><br><!--EZCODE BOLD START--><strong>Summary write up:</strong><!--EZCODE BOLD END--><br><br>The morning after the Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith Charity<br>Premiere in Chicago (5/13/2005) I received a call from the mother of a<br>little boy battling cancer. He is a patient at Children's Memorial Hospital<br>(the LFL/EPIII CP benefactor) who referred us for this request. He was<br>diagnosed with cancer (<!--EZCODE LINK START--><a href="http://www.neuroblastomacancer.org/scripts/content.cgi?template=default&args=main,education" target="top">Neuroblastoma</a><!--EZCODE LINK END-->) last year, and treated. He had been in<br>remission for some time, however, recently the cancer has returned.<br>Currently he is undergoing Chemo treatment at CMH. The little boy would be<br>turning 4 years old in a couple weeks and would enjoy a visit from Star Wars<br>characters. On Saturday May 28th, several members of the Midwest Garrison<br>made his dreams come true.<br><br>This was a great time for everyone involved.<br>The little boy, Duke, had the look of total disbelief as Darth Vader, 4 stormtroopers and a TIE pilot made their way to the park for his birthday party, and came right up to him & handed him a gift! He was in Star Wars heaven What a sweet little boy. <br>There were about 30 + children there. It didn't take long for everyone to warm up to us and start chasing us around the park. <br>The parents and grandparents and everyone else were very glad that we were able to attend. <br> <br><br><!--EZCODE FONT START--><span style="color:blue;font-size:xx-small;"><!--EZCODE QUOTE START--><blockquote><strong><em>Quote:</em></strong><hr>Dear Kathy and all who attended Duke's birthday,<br><br>How can we ever thank you enough for making Duke's birthday so<br>wonderful? We were blown away by your group - your dedication and compassion - and<br>your professionalism. It was a true pleasure getting to know you all. What a<br>great group of people you are - and you brought the biggest smile to our<br>son's face - that has lasted for 5 days! He is still in heaven and all<br>his friends are still talking about the party. The parents are too! We want<br>to know if there is a place where we can send a letter of recognition for<br>you all - as you deserve to be recognized for your volunteer work. We are<br>also sending a donation in the amount of $1000.00 to the <!--EZCODE LINK START--><a href="http://www.neuroblastomacancer.org/*****s/content.cgi?template=default&args=main,home" target="top">Neuroblastoma<br>Research Foundation</a><!--EZCODE LINK END--> in the legion's name.<br><br>We hope to get the opportunity to see you all again. It will be Duke's<br>most memorable birthday. And we are so very grateful for you to do such<br>amazing things for kids like Duke. Thank you again for taking your personal time<br>to come out and make Duke so happy. It was the greatest gift he could have<br>received.<br><br>Thank you again, and "May the Force be with you!"<br><br>Bridget Dawson<hr></blockquote><!--EZCODE QUOTE END--></span><!--EZCODE FONT END--><br>On July 1st, 2005 Duke's mom sent us a nice little thank you note:<br><!--EZCODE FONT START--><span style="color:blue;font-size:xx-small;"><!--EZCODE QUOTE START--><blockquote><strong><em>Quote:</em></strong><hr>"Dear 501st Legion - <br><br>Thank you so much for making Duke's birthday so special! We wanted to thank you for the personal gifts - all of you were so thoughtful! Thank you for being such amazing, caring people and we hope to see you all again very soon! <br><br>Sincerely, <br><br>The Dawson Family"<hr></blockquote><!--EZCODE QUOTE END--></span><!--EZCODE FONT END--><br><br><!--EZCODE FONT START--><span style="color:purple;font-size:xx-small;"><!--EZCODE QUOTE START--><blockquote><strong><em>Quote:</em></strong><hr>Enclosed is the photo from Duke Dawson’s 4th birthday event on May 28th 2005 which all of our participants have signed. We have already sent one identical to this to the little boy to have as a remembrance of the wonderful time we enjoyed at his party. <br>We are sending this photo to you in the hope that perhaps Mr. Lucas would also care to sign.<br>I have enclosed his parent’s address so this could be sent directly to Duke. <br><br>The members of the 501st Legion Midwest Garrison are always happy to do what we are able to bring a smile and a memorable moment to a child's life through our community and our love of Star Wars.<br><br>Please accept our thanks in referring our members to participate in such wonderful events as the Star Wars Episode III Charity Premier. We hope that there will be many future opportunities for our group to be involved with similar events.<br><br>Sincerely, <br><br>Kathy van Beuningen TK9989<br>501st Legion Midwest Garrison<hr></blockquote><!--EZCODE QUOTE END--></span><!--EZCODE FONT END--><br><!--EZCODE FONT START--><span style="color:olive;font-size:xx-small;"><!--EZCODE QUOTE START--><blockquote><strong><em>Quote:</em></strong><hr>----- Original Message ----- <br>From: "Mary Franklin" <br>To: "Kathy van Beuningen" <br>Sent: Wednesday, July 06, 2005 10:54 AM<br>Subject: RE: Midwest Garrison brightens a little boy's day<br><br><br>That's a wonderful photo, Kathy. Thanks for sending! It looks like your<br>Imperial company really did mean the world to this little boy.<br><br>I look forward to receiving the print version, and we'll see what we can<br>do. <br><br>Mary Franklin<br>Fan Event Specialist<br>Lucasfilm, Ltd.<hr></blockquote><!--EZCODE QUOTE END--></span><!--EZCODE FONT END--> <br><!--EZCODE FONT START--><span style="color:blue;font-size:xx-small;"><!--EZCODE QUOTE START--><blockquote><strong><em>Quote:</em></strong><hr>----- Original Message ----- <br>From: Bridget<br>To: "Kathy van Beuningen" <br>Sent: Friday, July 08, 2005 3:13 PM<br>Subject: Re: Thank you from the 501st Legion Midwest Garrison! <br><br><br> we received the picture yesterday and Duke was thrilled! What a great <br> shot of everyone and it will be framed and put in his room. Thanks so <br> much for your generosity. Hope you are having a wonderful summer. <br> thanks for the event update, unfortunately we won't be able to attend. <br> Duke can't be in any public places for a while - his white blood count <br> is non-existent. But we hope you have a great time!<br> <br> Sincerely,<br> <br> Bridget Dawson<hr></blockquote><!--EZCODE QUOTE END--></span><!--EZCODE FONT END--><br><!--EZCODE FONT START--><span style="color:olive;font-size:xx-small;"><!--EZCODE QUOTE START--><blockquote><strong><em>Quote:</em></strong><hr>----- Original Message ----- <br>From: Mary Franklin <br>To: Kathy van Beuningen <br>Sent: Friday, July 08, 2005 2:15 PM<br>Subject: Duke's Birthday photo<br><br><br>I received your wonderful photo for Duke today, Kathy. I will send it to George’s office today with a note of explanation. George is in Japan and will be gone for some time, but the photo will be there waiting when he gets back<hr></blockquote><!--EZCODE QUOTE END--></span><!--EZCODE FONT END--><br><br><!--EZCODE FONT START--><span style="font-size:xx-small;"><!--EZCODE ITALIC START--><em>This story continues......</em><!--EZCODE ITALIC END--></span><!--EZCODE FONT END--><br><br>August 9th Issue of Bantha Tracks on line: <br><br><!--EZCODE LINK START--><a href="http://www.starwars.com/hyperspace/member/banthaonline/f20050809/indexp4.html" target="top">www.starwars.com/hyperspace/member/banthaonline/f20050809/indexp4.html</a><!--EZCODE LINK END--><br><br><br><!--EZCODE FONT START--><span style="color:blue;font-size:xx-small;"><!--EZCODE QUOTE START--><blockquote><strong><em>Quote:</em></strong><hr><!--EZCODE ITALIC START--><em> The day after the Episode III charity premiere in Chicago, Midwest Garrison Commanding Officer Kathy Van Beuningen took a call from the mother of a little boy battling cancer. Duke Dawson is a patient at the Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago, and is currently undergoing chemotherapy. For his fourth birthday, his mother said, Duke would love a visit from some Star Wars characters. <br>Here is an excerpt from her thank you: <br><br>Dear Kathy and all who attended Duke's birthday:<br>How can we ever thank you enough for making Duke's birthday so wonderful? We were blown away by your group - your dedication and compassion - and your professionalism. What a great group of people you are - and you brought the biggest smile to our son's face - that has lasted for 5 days! We are sending a donation in the amount of $1000.00 to the Neuroblastoma Research Foundation in the legion's name. <br><br>It will be Duke's most memorable birthday. And we are so very grateful for you to do such amazing things for kids like Duke. <br><br>Thank you again, and "May the Force be with you!" <br><br>Bridget Dawson<br>Photo and letter submitted by Kathy Van Beuningen</em><!--EZCODE ITALIC END--><hr></blockquote><!--EZCODE QUOTE END--></span><!--EZCODE FONT END--><br><br><br><!--EZCODE FONT START--><span style="color:blue;font-size:xx-small;"><!--EZCODE QUOTE START--><blockquote><strong><em>Quote:</em></strong><hr>On Aug 24, 2005, at 3:55 PM, Kathy van Beuningen wrote:<br> <br>Hello Bridget!<br><br>I'd just like to give you a heads up that Dukeshould be receiving <br>something<br>from LucasfilmLtd in the next day or so.<br><br>I pray that you all are doing well.<br><br>Kathy van Beuningen<br><br><br>----- Original Message ----- <br>From: "bdawson" <br>To: "Kathy van Beuningen" <br>Sent: Friday, August 26, 2005 7:22 AM<br>Subject: Re: Something from Lucasfilms<br><br><br>we did receive it - Duke hasn't seen it yet as he is back in the <br>hospital in isolation. Hopefully next week he'll be home. thank you <br>so much. That is sooooo cool! He'll be thrilled. Hopeyou are well. <br><br>Bridget<hr></blockquote><!--EZCODE QUOTE END--></span><!--EZCODE FONT END--><br><br><br><br>Kathy van Beuningen<br>TK / ID 9989<br>Midwest Garrison CO <p></p><i>Edited by: <A HREF=http://p083.ezboard.com/bmidwestgarrison.showUserPublicProfile?gid=tkvanb>TKvanB</A> at: 8/26/05 6:44 am<br></i>
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