Lincoln hospital receives special visit from Star Wars characters
On Saturday, patients at Lincoln's Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital we're greeted by some visitors from a galaxy far, far away.
Members of the 501st Star Wars Central Garrison Legion surprised patients during the afternoon hours.
The visit lifted the spirits of patients and their families.
"I never see people like this, and seeing them, come and say hello to me, they are talking to me. It makes me feel really good. Definitely a shocker, in life," said Kelly Weder.
The group is an all–volunteer international star wars costuming club.
It has over 6,000 members in nearly 50 countries around the world, including 100 members that serve in the Midwest.
"For most of us, it's something we grew up with. It's something we have a personal connection with. And I think that really connects with people overall, especially with how long Star Wars has been around. It connects multiple generations," said group leader Josh Trout.
"No, it never gets old. The smiles that we can put on people's faces week after week, it's great," said Trout.
The average stay at Madonna is 4 to 6 weeks.
Saturday's visit was a great opportunity for patients to take a break from their every day therapy.
"It kind of brings me back to reality, that there are such great people out here and they don't stop. Everybody's caring for each other and that's the way mankind should be," said Weder.
Weder is a huge Star Wars fan. He says he watches it from his room whenever it's on local TV.
The visit made for some great photo opportunities and life long memories.
"It's amazing, and the dedication they put into the outfits and the dedication just to come here and say hello, is just incredible. I can't wait to show my mom. She's a big Star Wars fan so, she will probably frame it for sure," said Weder.
If you'd like to learn more about central garrison's 501st legion, head to their website at www.centralgarrison.com.