The Force is Strong with this One.
Not so long ago in a galaxy not so far away… two wonderful parents, Amy and TJ, welcomed their son, Beckett, into the world. At birth, Beckett was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, an inherited life-threatening disorder that damages the lungs and digestive system.
Now at age 7, Beckett is an energetic, young boy. Although Beckett spends two hours a day in treatment, he doesn’t let his illness hold him back from enjoying his childhood.
"On the outside, you'd think nothing was wrong with him," said his mother Amy. "He's never let [his illness] hold him back from doing anything."
Beckett enjoys playing sports and hanging out with friends, but more than anything, he loves watching Star Wars. At the young age of 3 he started watching the animated TV show, Star Wars: The Clone Wars and from that point on, he was hooked. Light sabers, battle scenes and Starfighters, Beckett loved it all.
When asked what he would like as his wish, it was no surprise that he replied, “I wish to be a Storm Trooper!”
On his wish day, friends and family gathered with excitement at Oakley Headquarters to watch as Beckett trained alongside Storm Troopers and Darth Vader.
He was fitted with authentic Storm Trooper dress and gear and passed his training with flying colors by shooting at balloons with a nerf gun while his friends cheered him on. Once he finished learning Scout Trooper protocol, Beckett was ready for his first mission: finding an Ewok.
After searching high and low he finally found the Ewok, who was accompanied by a surprise guest, Han Solo. It was then that Beckett was given the choice to either join the rebels or stay with the Empire. It was a tough choice, but to the delight of Darth Vader, Beckett decided to decline Han Solo’s offer and stay with the Empire.
For Beckett, this wish brought to life the thrill of battle. After watching them train on TV for so many years, he was able to experience the life of a Stormtrooper firsthand. Beckett walked away that day a trained Stormtrooper with a renewed hope.
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