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William Harnesses The Force

William and his Jedi friends

“ We sincerely thank you for those extra moments of joy. ”


- Sara, William's Mom

William may be small, but he has the heart of a Jedi and is fighting Leukemia just as he fights the Dark Side, with all his might. Funny and outgoing, the normally high-energy youngster was slowed down by his initial diagnosis in 2013.

Though he is continuing treatment, he was eager to learn more about becoming a Jedi. William’s Make-A-Wish volunteers worked with the 501st Legion Midwest Garrison, the Rebel Legion: Nar Shaddaa Base and the Theatre School at DePaul University to put together an incredible experience for William and his family.

William entered in awe as the Jedi Council welcomed him for his training. He and his sisters Abby and Cara eagerly listened as they were instructed in ways of The Force and outfitted with everything they would need for their training. After some meditation and light saber work, William was ready.

During a surprise attack by the villains from the Dark Side, William fought valiantly using his new skills and ultimately saved the day.

He was officially accepted as a member of the Jedi Order and presented with his own custom light saber, a guide autographed by the Jedi Council and a copy of his induction speech.

“It really touches our hearts to see and experience firsthand what you did for Will,” Sara, William’s mother wrote. “From the time all of the planning for his wish and wish sendoff initially started you have provided more opportunities for his mind to be on good things (like anticipation of the wish party, and thinking about things he likes) than he would have otherwise had - and we sincerely thank you for those extra moments of joy.”
  • William arriving at his wish.

  • Introduction to Jedi Instruction

  • Saber Training

  • Group Saber Training

  • Jedi training essentials

  • Villains pose with William and family

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