The Force is strong here: Darth Vader gives mom and son a Star Wars party to remember

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BARBERTON, OH – Rebecca Starr-Remenyi is in the battle of her life against cancer.

The 43-year-old mom wanted one last wish: to be able to visit Walt Disney World so that her 6-year-old son, Noah, who lives with high-functioning autism, could meet his absolute favorite character, Darth Vader.

A family friend paid for that trip, but because Rebecca’s  health began to fail quickly, it had to be cancelled. That’s when one of her Summa at Home Hospice social workers, Gina Daniels, tried to bring Vader to meet Noah anyway.  “I knew that A Special Wish Foundation Cleveland Chapter had volunteers that dress up as Star Wars characters and visit their wish children, so I decided to reach out to their co-founder, Jason Beudert” said Daniels.

Beudert was happy to help, but the charity is set up to only grant wishes to people up to 20 years old. So on his own, he went straight to Darth Vader himself, also known as Dan Pedersen of Bay Village.

“Once Jason called me and explained the situation, I knew I had to get Darth Vader out to visit Noah and his family,” says Pedersen.

So Darth Vader and Noah got to meet after all, at a special Star Wars party thrown by the Summa at Home Hospice team. The Winking Lizard in Copley donated the ribs and wings and Gionino’s Pizza in Wadsworth and Parasson’s Pizza in Barberton also pitched in some munchies.

As you can see by the pictures, a good time was had by everyone, whichever side of The Force they were on.


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