Jon "Blasty" Leopold of the Great Lakes Garrison of the 501st Legion wrote in to let us know about a great opportunity to help a young Star Wars fan in need:
I am writing you in hopes you will promote an upcoming fundraiser for Star Wars fan Matthew Litchfield.
Matthew, age 8, lives in Traverse City, Michigan, USA. He has Meyer Gorlin Syndrome and is one of the smallest kids in the world. He is one of a few people to ever be diagnosed with MGS; and at age seven, weighed only 19 pounds and was just 36 inches tall.
On the 31st October this year his parents decided to take him to his local ER as he was suffering with dizziness, pains in the head for several days. This is when their and Matthew's nightmare became a reality, a CT scan of the head showed something was wrong and he was taken via 4.5 hour ambulance ride to the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital for a MRI scan. The scan showed that he had a brain tumor which was caused by an aggressive form of cancer called Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). After 13 hours of Surgery the majority of the tumor has been removed however Matthew has to go through costly radiation and chemotherapy. Matthew’s dad had to quit his job so he could be with his son during his treatments, 4.5 hours away from their home.
Matthew’s family has attended Cherry Capital Con in Traverse City the last two years. The Great Lakes Garrison of the 501st even made him an Honorary Stormtrooper, while C3 guest Dave Dorman drew Matthew’s favorite character, General Grievous, for him. Here’s a video of Matthew battling Darth Vader there: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=2194739153789&set=vb.209654639056514&type=3&theater
Once Rob Humphrey, Exhibitor Relations Director for Cherry Capital Con, heard about Matthew’s updated condition he knew he had to do something to help. What he came up with is a sketchbook of art made especially for Matthew. Notable artists like Tony Moore (The Walking Dead, Deadpool) and David Peterson (Mouseguard) are just a few of over 25 artists to contribute. All of the originals pieces are going to Matthew. One thousand sketchbooks will be made at $10 each, with all the proceeds going to Matthew’s medical bills. Shirts with the FIGHT LIKE A JEDI logo (seen at the top of the flyer) will be $20 each.
About the fundraiser:
Sunday, December 16, 2012 1:00pm until 5:00pm
Right Brain Brewery 225 East 16th Street Traverse City, Michigan 49684
Fight Like A Jedi is an ALL AGES event to help raise money for 8-year-old Matthew Litchfield's medical expenses. Matthew, whose family resides in Traverse City, was diagnosed with Brain Cancer on Halloween. Matthew is a huge Star Wars fan, so we plan on helping out his family by selling LucasFilm-approved sketchbooks full of Star Wars Art, T-shirts and prints. There will be door prizes and a silent auction as well!
If you can't attend, but still wish to donate, there is an account set up at Members Credit Union to collect donations for Matthew.
Checks can be made out to: “Fight Like A Jedi”. Please notate in the memo section of your check "For Deposit", and mail to:
Fight Like A Jedi c/o Members Credit Union PO Box 795 Traverse City, MI 49685
Matthew's parents are the ONLY people who have access to remove funds from the account, so rest assured that all the money will go straight to them.
Thanks to Jon Leopold for letting us know about this chance for us fans to do some real good. You can check out the poster for the event by clicking the thumbnail above. Here are some more links to check out: