On February 7th, I attended the Birds of Prey premiere with Minnesota Superheroes United. It was fun to bring out Black Canary again.
As for the movie? I absolutely loved it. It was so much fun.
(Photo Credit: Alex’s Photography.)
February 15th was the fifth ever Kara-O-Con at Grumpy’s Bar & Grill in Roseville! Basically, a bunch of costume-wearing nerds take over the bar for karaoke and shenanigans and it’s a great time for all. I wore my Ben Solo costume. I sang two songs: Bryan Adams’ “(Everything I Do) I Do it For You” and The Fugees’ “Killing Me Softly.” I couldn’t hear myself (or the music, really) so I apologize to everyone who heard me warble through the songs. I had a wonderful time, as always!
On February 12th, there was an urgent call out to Star Wars and superhero costumers to do a special home visit for Brice, a boy who is suffering with a terminal brain tumor. His parents were told he only has about two months or so to live, and so it’s become their mission to create a “bucket list” of fun things for him to experience. One of those was to meet some costumed Star Wars and superhero characters, and that’s where we came into the picture.
I’ve done a lot of events at children’s hospitals and the like, and those are always difficult because seeing children go through such pain and suffering breaks my heart, but I know that I can help make at least a few moments of their lives more fun. In those situations, I don’t necessarily know which of those sweet kiddos is battling a terminal illness. In this case, I knew I’d be meeting a little one who didn’t have much time left here on this Earth, and knowing that made it much more difficult…but it also made it that much more important that I put on a smiling face and help out a family in need.
Meeting Brice was fantastic. He is the most chill, most content little dude I have ever met. He was all smiles and wonder and didn’t seem at all intimidated by Darth Vader (he really liked his “buttons”) or any of us silly costumers. I also can’t say enough wonderful things about his parents – they adore Brice so much.
Brice’s adventures are continuing, and you can keep up to date on his “bucket list” and his health updates by visiting his Caring Bridge website.
On February 5th, we did our first troop at the Ronald McDonald House in Minneapolis for their Family Night. We mingled with the families and then did a little Q&A for the kids who gathered in their movie room to watch a Star Wars movie. It was also my first troop as part of the Rebel Legion!
The event organizer was telling us a little about the location and there was a family that recently checked out after staying over 700 nights at the Ronald McDonald House. It was a harsh reality check. These kids go through so much, and the families are uprooted so they can get the best care possible. There were families there from Italy and Poland. People come a long way to get the care they need, and Ronald McDonald House does such wonderful things for these families that spend so much time away from home.
Things like this put a lot into perspective. So many of us complain and gripe about minor things, but most of that pales in comparison to what these kids and their families are going through. Some of these kids will never get better. Some of them will pass away and the families will move back home without a child. It just really makes you think, you know?