I’m as cynical as they get. I’m the kind of guy that isn’t happy unless I have something to bitch about. With that said, I’m a sucker for sob stories. Especially ones involving sick children… and Star Wars. Suffice to say, today’s story had me weeping like a bitch.
Pictured above is 7-year-old Matthew Grammer. Matthew was diagnosed in January 2009 with ALL, or acute lymphoblastic leukemia. The little tyke has responded well to treatments and may very well beat the leukemia bitch back.
A year ago, The Make-A-Wish Foundation (A foundation that grants the wishes of children who have life-threatening medical conditions) of Oklahoma met with Matthew and granted him a wish. Instead of asking for a trip to Disney Land, a mound cupcakes, or a sculpture of Betty White made of bacon (OK, that’s my make a wish) , the little dude, who love Star Wars, asked for a larger than life R2D2 in which he could sit inside and drive.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oklahoma commissioned Little Mountain Productions of Tulsa to construct the drivable robot. A year later, a 6-foot tall R2 unit rolled into Matthews school.
Although the performance didn’t stick to the “Star Wars” story perfectly, Matthew couldn’t have cared less. He was too busy driving R2D2 and saving the day during a skit put on by Bishop Kelley’s senior class during the private school’s winter homecoming pep rally Monday afternoon. WATCH BELOW:
So, the littler duder got to be R2D2 and be a hero in front of his whole class? This puts a lump in one’s throat, does it not?
Godspeed Matthew Grammer. May the force be with you!
Category: Nerd Culture