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SRP Stormtrooper delivers smiles

Remember Jeff Breckon, the SRP employee who loves to don his Star Wars Stormtrooper costume and bring smiles to young patients? Well, he’s still with the Dune Sea Garrison, the Arizona chapter of the international Star Wars costuming club known as the 501st Legion, making special appearances at community fundraisers, including one for Child Crisis Arizona.

“It’s so rewarding to do something good out of my passion,” he said.

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Photo: Richard Forte collected toys over Christmas for young patients.

Breckon is also seeing the ripple effect of spreading good vibes. He’s proud of Richard “Bubba” Forte, one of the young patients he had visited at Banner Children’s at Cardon Children’s Medical Center last year. Richard is doing well and he turned 12 this week!

The young man hasn’t forgotten the love and surprises he got during treatment. So, over two birthdays and this past Christmas, instead of receiving presents, he has collected stuffed animals and other toys for the hospital’s Toy Closet. SRP employees also pitched in on their own, helping Richard raise $3,000 from bake sales and other fundraising efforts.

“I’ve been so lucky,” said Richard, who attends Peralta Trail Elementary School in Apache Junction. “But there are many others who’re going through chemotherapy and are still in the hospital. I just want to make them smile.”

That’s the kind of force we like to cheer for!

Featured image: The Ks For Kids Run/Walk was a benefit for the children and families served at Child Crisis Arizona. Photo courtesy of Jeff Breckon.

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