One of the best aspects of Star Wars fandom is the sheer number of fans who are involved in charitable works. Both the 501st and Rebel Legion are well know for their involvement in fundraising and bringing attention to a whole host of notable cause like children’s cancer research, the American Red Cross, and the Make a Wish Foundation among others. And other Star Wars fans across the world have joined forces to raise money to help offset medical expenses for fellow fans, or simply help out in their local communities.
To be a member of the Evans clan, community service is pretty much a requirement. You WILL help out those who are in need or less fortunate than yourself, and you WILL do whatever is asked of you with a grateful heart. My wife and I firmly believe this is a way to actively put our faith into action, and will pass on a legacy of community service to our children, and theirs.
For the past 13 years or so my wife has helped raise funds for the American Cancer Society and Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Most of our fund raising activity surrounds racing events like marathons, half-marathons, and triathlons. We help out in race prep, getting runners registered, working the finish line passing our water to runners, and tear down. Rather than pay us, the company who sponsors the race pays our favorite charity.
Of course my wife got the bug to actually participate in some of these races as a walker. She would diligently fundraise, for each race with her monies going to her charity of choice. She would work through the grind of training, and the inevitable pain of race day. But in the meantime she would raise thousands to help cancer research.
You see, my wife hates cancer… I mean HATES it with a passion. It has taken away family members and close friends of hers well before their time. So she relentlessly pursues her goal of wiping out cancer from the planet, all the while towing her husband and kids along to help her raise money. Then last year she convinced my youngest, Kiersten, to participate in a race. She had a blast and wanted to do it again. So their goal was to participate in the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in San Francisco.
Then my daughter got an idea… a devious, wicked idea… Dad loves Star Wars, right? So let’s get dad to join us and do the Star Wars Disneyland Half Marathon in January. How could I say no, it’s Star Wars, it’s Disneyland (my other fan passion) and it’s for an awesome cause? Well of course I couldn’t say no; so there it is.
So that’s the purpose for this particular post. The Evans family is raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society through Team in Training for the upcoming race, and I will be run/walking the 13.1 mile course (GULP). Frankly, it’s a little intimidating, as I’ve put on a bit of weight (to put it nicely) since I participated in the PF Chang’s Rock n Roll Marathon years and years ago. But I’m determined to DO it… not try.
So, the Evans team needs your help. Our goal as a team is to raise $9,000. We are getting there, but the December 31st deadline is quickly approaching. So, if you feel inclined, I’ve put a link to my fundraising page here (or you can click on the really cool Return of the Jedi inspired graphic below) where you can make a tax free donation of any amount you want. Even if you can’t contribute at this time, just drop a well wish in the comment field below, or say a quick prayer (if that’s your thing), or send some positive vibes our way:
May the Force Be With You!