The Force is strong in the Mary Free Bed family.
The mysterious energy field in the fictional “Star Wars” universe provides extraordinary abilities to those who possess it, binding the galaxy together. The magical power of the Force bears similarities to Mary Free Bed’s unique culture and the special bond between caregivers and patients.
With that in mind, the Mary Free Bed Kids team (aka Jedi Council) invited about 60 recent graduates (aka young Padawans) and their families to a Star Wars-themed “Heroes Bash.” The Oct. 19 event at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital (Jedi Training Headquarters) drew more than 150 costumed guests, including alumni of the program now in their teens and 20s (Jedi Knights), who shared their personal rehabilitation journeys.
The free event, made possible through generous donations and a slew of volunteers, featured face-painting, a photo booth and visits by “Star Wars” characters, including Chewbacca and Princess Leia.
“This night is all about honoring our patients,” said pediatric occupational therapist Penny Adams. “We felt like all of our patients were Padawans, and after they leave Mary Free Bed, we send them out as Jedi Knights …”
Here’s a video with highlights: