Wednesday, May 3, 2017

The Force Awakens a New Hope in Youngling's Cancer Fight

In December 2015, most Star Wars fans were eagerly counting down the days before the release of The Force Awakens. For one young fan and his family that month will be remembered as life-changing in many ways.

Callan’s story began, as most cancer patient’s stories do, with scary hospital visits and painful chemotherapy treatments. But his story changed after viewing a trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens – it awakened a determined little 3-year-old in his battle to defeat cancer.

Callan was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) only five days before Christmas 2015. Even though he had never seen a Star Wars movie, he was captivated by the trailer for the newest installment of the franchise, and quickly became obsessed with the Star Wars universe.
Callan the Rebel pilot and "friend"
For Callan, it became clear – he would use the Force to defeat cancer and now viewed his chemotherapy and port as good things, simply a part of his Jedi training. The Force is strong in this young one.

So strong that he’s transferring it to others by sharing his story of hope through the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a national charity dedicated to funding childhood cancer research as an Honored Kid.

By sharing his hopeful message with the world, Callan hopes to inspire others (and donors). To help, visit St. Baldrick’s Foundation here.

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