501st MidSouth Garrison

Mission Report: Sonny’s Last Chemo

On June 21st the MidSouth Garrison’s Blue Sun Squad had the honor of escorting Sonny out of the UK Children’s Hospital to end his FOURTEENTH and final chemo treatment. Both his father and mother first met with Vader back in March during Sonny’s “Best Darn Star Wars Day Ever” event at Lexington Toy and Comic Con where they became instant fans. When the 501st Legion’s-MidSouth Garrison were asked to provide Imperial Escort for him on his way out of the hospital after his last five day treatment we came out in force. Troopers arrived at Sonny’s room to surprise him, play some games and scare his sister back into the bathroom (she quickly recovered and gave us some happy high fives). Fellow member Brian Bently TK 51200 (a cancer survivor himself), was in control of Sonny’s wheel chair all the way out of the building. Vader, officers and troopers provided back-up, fist bumps and more high fives. Once Sonny was safely in the car with his loot, balloon and posters we said our good-byes and watched him leave the hospital as a warrior. Way to go, Sonny! And thank you to both his Mom and Dad for asking us to be apart of another step on Sonny’s journey.

“My prayer is that years from now when Sonny looks back on this time in his life all he’ll remember are the cool moments like this one and not all the hard stuff he’s gone through. Thank you helping us find joy on the journey.” – Christina Cohen

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Mission Report: Fund-Raiser For Children’s Miracle Network/Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital

On June 21, 2014 several Troopers from the 501st Legion-MidSouth Garrison deployed right outside of the Nashville, TN surrounding area to Antioch, Tennessee Sam’s club in support of the Children’s Miracle Network. The local population was amazed to see Darth Vader and several other troopers from the 501st Legion-MidSouth Garrison as they came in to shop. Many smiles were seen, and over $500 in donations were raised in support of the Children’s Miracle Network.

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On May 31st – June 1st members of MidSouth Garrison and Garrison Tyranus were invited to attend the NOPI Nationals, Car show, Drag race and Drift event with over 500 cars and 12,000 attendees. This event was for an annual car show, drag race and drift competition at the Bristol Dragway in Bristol Tennessee. We were invited to promote Dreams and Wishes for a 3 day trooping event each day of the event with the Dreams and Wishes representatives to collect donations for their program. Troopers covered the entire event in four separate lots spanning two square miles at the Bristol Speedway in 90 degree temperatures. Overall, Dreams and Wishes collected $1120.00 in donations during the three day/15 hour troop.

Dreams and Wishes of TN is proud to say they are affiliated with the 501st Legion MidSouth Garrison. This is a great group of guys and gals who spend their time helping raise awareness and donations for a variety of charities. Over the past 15 months, the 501st Legion MidSouth Garrison has raised over $5,000.00 to help make wishes come true for children that have relapsed from a cancer diagnosis. In my opinion that’s phenomenal! To see the smiles on the children’s faces when their favorite Star Wars character shakes their hand will melt your heart.” – Dreams and Wishes of Tennessee

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