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Working with the 501st Legion to get the message out – Be a Donor

Video Debuts at Celebration on Sunday at 7pm – Watch it here at that time as well.

Caring Like Nicholas’s founder, Andrew McClary, who is also a member of the 501st Legion Star Wars costuming group is organizing the production of a series of PSAs on the need for people to register as bone marrow donors. He reached out to Albin Johnson, one the founders of the group, who had also lost his daughter to cancer, and pitched the idea of getting the world wide group to work with him on doing a number of videos over the course of the year to spread the word that there are thousands of kids out there looking for donors and its both easy to register and to donate. Mr. Johnson loved the idea and put him in touch with the command staff who also loved the idea and the ball started rolling for a launch this month at Star Wars Celebration.

The first video will feature Mr. McClary’s local squad, the Everglades Squad, visiting the bone marrow clinic and hospital floor at Miami Memorial’s Holtz Children’s Hospital and Alex’s Place at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. The PSA will feature the work the 501st does in hospitals to cheer up kids but also give people a look at the kids who benefit from bone marrow donations. This video will debut at Star Wars Celebration later this month in Chicago where Mr. McClary was invited to speak on a panel about charity work.

The 501st Legion is one of the largest all volunteer charity organizations. Though they themselves do not take any money for their appearances, they do help out many other charities and take donations for those. They are very well known for their work with children’s charities like Make-A-Wish. They have “garrisons” and “outposts” in every state in the US and just about every country in the world. They boast over 13 thousand active members who put in countless hours of community charity work. All of their members are volunteers and almost all of them make their own costumes all of which strive to be screen accurate with the movies.

For more information on the 501st and its work with charities, you can contact the 501st Public Relations Officer, at  info@501st.com. For more information about Caring Like Nicholas, contact Andrew at andrew@caringlikenicholas.org.

If you would like to help with this project, a Gofundme campaign has been setup to help with the expenses. Click here.

The 501st Legion is a worldwide Star Wars costuming organization comprised of and operated by Star Warsfans. While it is not sponsored by Lucasfilm Ltd., it follows generally accepted ground rules for Star Warsfan groups. Star Wars, its characters, costumes, and all associated items are the intellectual property of Lucasfilm. © & ™ Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved. Used under authorization.

Andrew chats with 9 year old Jordan who received a bone marrow transplant to fight cancer and is now battling GVHD.
501st Legion members cheer up a boy who just received a bone marrow transplant.
Andrew talks with a teenager who got his transplant to fight sickle cell, another deadly disease which is cured by a bone marrow transplant.
The squad poses in front of a statue of Mr. Sylvester at the Sylvester Cancer Center with a young Star Wars fan who was at the clinic.

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    Our Mission

    Caring Like Nicholas's primary mission is raising the number of people who are registered to be potential bone marrow donors, thus increasing the likelyhood that some child out there will find a perfect match and survive. Our plan to do this is by educating people on the need, how easy it is to register, how easy it is to donate, and get people involved.