The Force was strong at Florida Hospital for Children on December 15, where staff and volunteers “trained” the next generation of Jedi with fun, games, and of course costumes.
Disney and Lucasfilm sponsored the afternoon of excitement: the hospital’s young patients got to do Star Wars activities, take photos with characters, and take part in special “Jedi training.” It was all ahead of the newest Star Wars Movie, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.”
Costumed volunteers went room to room for private patient visits, so no child was left out of the fun.
“I think this is the first time he’s smiled since he got here,” said Nadia Datoo of her son, a patient in the hospital. “It’s absolutely wonderful to see how they’re interacting with all the kids, all the activities that they have. I think it’s really great.”
Members of the 501st Legion— a collection of Star Wars fans who dress as Stormtroopers and other Star Wars characters to promote interest in the movie series— also made a special visit for the afternoon.
“Disney is a longstanding supporter and partner of our organization, and we are honored that they, along with Lucasfilm, selected for Florida Hospital for Children for this very special day,” said Marla Silliman, the hospital’s senior executive officer. “Having their very own Jedi training and unique Star Wars activities will provide these children and their families with wonderful memories.”