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Wish Stories for the Star Wars Fan

Dylan goes to Star Wars Weekend
May 4 has already passed – but if you need a post-May The Fourth be With You "Star Wars" fix, we have you covered.

You have to be a more-than-casual Star Wars fan to remember Dak. He didn’t last long as Luke’s “backseater” in The Empire Strikes Back. But the short amount of time John Morton spent portraying Dak makes him a sci-convention fixture.

The role changed John’s life. And so did an encounter with a Make-A-Wish kid back in 1997.

In a post at the Star Wars blog, John recalls the meeting with Ben, then 18. He gives readers a glimpse into how Ben lived with Duchenne muscular dystrophy – and how his Make-A-Wish experience was a source of optimism and happiness through the remaining years of his life. 

John’s recollection of Ben is just the latest in a long line of connections between Make-A-Wish and the Star Wars universe. The costume enthusiasts of the 501st Legion are also longtime Make-A-Wish supporters. Make-A-Wish granted the wish of 501st founder Albin Johnson’s daughter, Katie. 

Albin became an ardent Make-A-Wish advocate after seeing how the wish brought his family together. Journalist Kristy Stevenson’s blog post is a moving overview of Katie’s life … and her continuing impact on the 501st and its philanthropic work.

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