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Nov
01
2011

Introducing our November charity! Lane's wish and MDA.org

This is what Heaven looks like

Am I in Heaven?

Said the little boy, upon seeing his wish granted.

It's not every day that you come home after a week away to find a huge crowd of smiling people, trucks, stormtroopers and a Wookiee. We suppose that's why Lane thought that he might be in heaven. That and the Endorian bunker clubhouse he always wanted.

How did this wonder come into being? Lane made a wish. You see, Lane has Duchenne muscular dystrophy and is wheelchair bound. He can't go out and play with his friends, so he wished for a place where his friends could come in and play with him. (How awesome is he?)

He is a HUGE Star Wars fan. Specifically, he loves everything Endorian.

Make A Wish Midatlantic heard his wish, like they do. They immediately conspired with artists, architects, contractors and volunteers to make this accurate, comfy and awesome bunker. They filled it with LCD TVs, Playstations, air conditioned and heated it, and painted exacting blaster marks on its doors. They created customized buttons, placed rails at just the right height...then they realized something. They needed more Star Wars loot. Somebody passed them our number and they called us.

Perfecting the blaster scorch marks. a customized button!

Of course we jumped at the chance. Making a kid's wish come true is one of the more exciting things we monkeys get to do (aside from dodging flying NERF darts or evading floods). We went though our massive catalog of Star Wars goodness, found the best of the best and sent Make A Wish Midatlantic a box of awesome that included a wampa rug, a Tauntaun, and lots of other amazing things.

Use the force, Lane.

They used it all wisely: lightsabers hung ready on walls, a Wampa skin draped on the floor. Everywhere you turned, there was something from a galaxy far, far away.

That is no moon!

Lane has never been happier. Now he not only has a clubhouse for his friends to play with him in, but he knows that there are many other geeks like him out there. Geeks that care about him, and groups like Make a Wish ready to make dreams happen.

Have fun in there, young padawan!

This is what Heaven looks like

There are many more pictures over here! Check 'em out!

But wait, there's more!

We're also donating $500 to Muscular Dystrophy Association in honor of Lane. MDA is a nonprofit health agency dedicated to curing muscular dystropy, ALS and related diseases by funding worldwide research. They also provide health care, support, advocacy and pretty much everything anyone with a muscular disease would ever need. They've been doing this awesome work since 1950. Remember Jerry's kids? Yep, these are the same folks. They're still going strong.

Thanks for making a difference, folks!

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Comments

meaningless icon! Coolest. Clubhouse. EVER!
SouporDave said this 903 days ago.
meaningless icon! Awesome, guys. It makes me proud to be a geek!
gojirama said this 903 days ago.
meaningless icon! Thats a great story! Way to go monkeys for heeding the call!
RagginMAMA said this 903 days ago.
meaningless icon! This is why I love you, TG! I think it's safe to say TG staff members are really the smart masses. :D
goblynn said this 903 days ago.
meaningless icon! Thank you so much for donating to MDA. My niece has SMA and they have been a wonderful place for her and her family. Thank you so much for caring and above and beyond what most companies do.
Bean Si said this 903 days ago.
meaningless icon! Wow! Things like this are all that's right in the world. Giving to a kid to halp him geek out like he was born to. Top marks, TG! WOOO!
Laminated Samurai said this 903 days ago.
meaningless icon! Yup! What everyone else already said and then some! I knew there were many reasons I love ThinkGeek!
Brekke said this 903 days ago.
meaningless icon! WOW, that is a wonderful story. And glad to see some young Star Wars Geeks. :'-)
Kitiarra said this 903 days ago.
meaningless icon! I gotta say, this is one of the many reasons I love TG. Great Job guys :D
Tearahk said this 903 days ago.
meaningless icon! You guys... I love y'all. Absolutely amazing.
Jacroe said this 903 days ago.
meaningless icon! You all have hearts of gold. What a way to kick off the holiday season. :)
kpatl said this 903 days ago.
meaningless icon! You guys, and the entire Make a Wish team ROCK!
NinjaEpisode said this 903 days ago.
meaningless icon! You guys are truly amazing :)
nicole13 said this 903 days ago.
meaningless icon! ThinkGeek ROCKS! And so does Make-a-Wish-Atlantic and, most of all, LANE!!! Too, too cool!
VHH said this 903 days ago.
meaningless icon! great work guys. Live long and prosper make a wish foundation and thinkgeek guys.
karthikeyan said this 903 days ago.
meaningless icon! Pretty cool bet he was astonished and sooo happy
Catchco said this 902 days ago.
meaningless icon! Oh my goodness, I am on the verge of tears. This is the greatest story ever. I also and a very strong urge to shake this kids hand, he's possibly the coolest little dude ever.
TimeLordess said this 889 days ago.
meaningless icon! Do I spy the 501st Legion? Possibly! Nice work ThinkGeek.
TSH said this 876 days ago.

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