05/04/16 - Ronald McDonald House Visit - Chicago, 60611

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05/04/16 - Ronald McDonald House Visit - Chicago, 60611

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The Midwest Garrison had a dual mission at the Ronald McDonald House near Lurie's Childrens' Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. The first part of the visit dealt with Tyler Levine, a 7 year-old Star Wars Super Fan. He was diagnosed with a neural tumor around 18 months ago. After the first go round of chemotherapy, they thought that they eliminated it. However, in December, 2015, they found that the cancer had returned to his lumbar spine. He is currently undergoing chemotherapy every three weeks for the next year. Since they stay at RMH when he's in town for treatment, we arranged with his mom and RMH to surprise him. What better way to surprise him than with four stormtroopers escorting the Emperor into the room. We also had a surprise visit from two Jedi from the Rebel Legion too. We made him an honorary stormtrooper, gave him a swag bag with all sorts of trading cards, patches, and stickers and stuff, and then the Emperor presented him with a light saber generously donated from Vader's Vault.

The second part was getting to mingle with the children and the families during dinner at their dining room/kitchen area. Tyler led us out of the elevator into the dining area, and the kids were flying out of their seats to greet us. We brought coloring books, sticker books, temp tattoos, pencil kits, keychains and coloring packs to hand out. Of course, pictures were taken as well. The staff at RMH were thrilled to have us, and I have a feeling that RMH will invite us back not just to their house, but possibly to the other four houses in the Chicago Area. The troopers had an awesome time as well.

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Eugene Almazan IG 80870 - Imperial Gunner
Marc Zahacki SL 92585 - Emperor Palpatine
Adriane Bean TK 4541 - Stormtrooper
Christian Ragano TK - Stormtrooper
Katie Nowik TK 43033 - Stormtrooper
Steve Nowik TK 91899 - Stormtrooper
Jason Stoxen - Rebel Legion Jedi
Tim Jarmusz - Rebel Legion Jedi

Hours Trooped - 8 troopers x 2.5 hours = 20 hours trooped

Pictures to come soon.

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Re: 5/4/16 - Ronald McDonald House Visit - Chicago, 60611

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GREAT troop!!! :thumbs:
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Re: 5/4/16 - Ronald McDonald House Visit - Chicago, 60611

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ToD updated. Great job! I'm sure the kids were very excited! :thumbs:

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