Star Wars-themed event fo­cused on sick kids

The Niagara Falls Review - - LOCALNEWS - GREG FURMINGER greg.furminger@sun­ Twit­ter: @GregAtTheT­rib

It’s a Force to be reck­oned with: a Star Wars- themed fundraiser for chil­dren bat­tling ill­ness.

Jace Wars was launched last year by Port Col­borne dad Aaron Rus­sell, whose now four- year- old son Jace Anakin was di­ag­nosed with a brain tu­mour at the age of 14 months.

The lit­tle boy has since had a full re­cov­ery, but both he and his dad, who share a love of all things Star Wars, con­tinue to help other chil­dren deal­ing with the grave ill­nesses.

Jace Wars: Episode II takes place 11 a. m. to 4 p. m. Satur­day, at Port Col­borne’s Guild Hall on Char­lotte St. The fundraiser will fea­ture sketch artists, games, pizza and pop, raf­fles, ven­dors and photo- ops with Star Wars char­ac­ters in­clud­ing Darth Vader (Rus­sell), stormtroop­ers and droids.

“I guess it’s ba­si­cally a stag- and- doe for kids said Rus­sell.

Also f ea­tured will be a “War­rior Wall” pro­fil­ing 19 Ni­a­gara chil­dren who have ei­ther over­come, are deal­ing with or been lost to ill­ness.

“It’s to re­mind us that’s what Jace Wars is all about — fight­ing ad­ver­sity.”

Pro­ceeds from the event are ear­marked for Ron­ald McDon­ald House Hamil­ton, with a smaller amount go­ing to McMaster Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal stem cell re­search.

Ear­lier this month, the lo­cal Cana­dian Gar­ri­son of the Fight­ing 501st Legion, an all-vol­un­teer or­ga­ni­za­tion of Star Wars cos­tume en­thu­si­asts, raised more than $2,000 for Ron­ald McDon­ald House dur­ing Ni­a­gara Falls Comic Con.

Any­one look­ing to bring a smile to Jace’s face Satur­day should note that the boy’s favourite Star Wars char­ac­ter is Boba Fett.

For more de­tails, visit www.jace­ or https://www.face­­Wars/5236337743­69846.

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