Maggie’s End-of-Chemo Birthday Party

We were contacted by a family who was throwing a birthday celebration for a little girl, Maggie, who just wrapped up chemotherapy treatment. She loves Star Wars, so her mom wanted some characters to make an appearance. The party was on July 25th, and we had a wonderful time! She was so sweet and so grateful. What a cool kiddo!

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Max’s Memorial Birthday Party

Last August, we visited Max, a really cool kid who was battling a multitude of health issues. We had a wonderful time and Max and his family became part of our Star Wars family. Sadly, late last year, Max passed away. We’ve been staying in touch with his family since last August, and they asked us to be part of Max’s memorial birthday party on July 10th. It was a wonderful celebration and a lovely memorial, but it was really difficult to hold it together emotionally. While this is such a huge part of why I do what I do, it’s also the most difficult part. Last year, two of the kiddos I visited passed away, and it was just so incredibly heartbreaking.

Elko Speedway

On September 26th, Elko Speedway & Drive-In showed Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back at the drive-in and we made an appearance. They were amazing to work with to ensure our costumers could adhere to COVID safety guidelines. We had a really fun time!

It was also my first troop with my recently Rebel Legion-approved Jedi!

(Photo Credits: SilverFoxViz and Elko Speedway.)

Visit with Max

On August 15th, we visited Max, a Make-A-Wish kiddo who is a massive Star Wars fan and loves the 501st Legion. So, we brought him a bunch of gifts and hung out with him for about an hour, just talking Star Wars and answering questions he had for us. He’s such a cool kid! We had a blast.

He loves Clone Troopers, so we gathered as many as we could.

This was the “soft” debut of my new Jedi costume (I had a temporary belt since I didn’t have my custom one yet) and I’m still happy with how it turned out.

This is the Way.

This was our first troop during the pandemic, and we took lots of safety measures – everyone wore masks, we socially distanced, and the event took place outside.

(All photos are credited to Amanda Fineran.)

Autism Society of MN Flash Dash

Costumers for a Cause Crew! Photo Credit: Lisa Hayes.

On March 1st, I attended the Autism Society of Minnesota‘s Steps for Autism Flash Dash as part of the Minnesota Force and Costumers for a Cause. I had a really great time! This was my first time wearing my Kylo Ren costume with my new upgrades (new boots, new wig, brown contacts) and I think they improved my costume a lot.

Screenshot from the FOX9 News segment about the event.

Power of the Dark Side! Photo Credit: Lisa Hayes.