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.
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.
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.
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!
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!