May The Force Be With You, Young Renn!

Strap on your lightsabers, fasten your X-Wing Fighter safety harnesses, and make sure your R2 units are securely aboard, everyone!

Today we’re doing something special!

We are gathering the kidlit community to send encouragement and hopefully a little bit of happiness and fun to our friend, Renn.

Renn has a challenging week ahead.  He has epilepsy, and the doctors are having a difficult time figuring out how to control his seizures.  He has to go into the hospital for several days to undergo a number of tests, and last time I checked, that wasn’t anyone’s idea of a good time.  If you’d like to learn more, you can join the blog at The Brain Of A Jedi, or the Face Book Group at Purple Daybut suffice to say he is only 5, and facing some things no 5 year old should have to.

Renn is made of tough stuff – he’s got Jedi Warrior written all over him.  I have no doubt he’ll make the jump to hyperspace without a hitch and come through this week with flying colors.

But I thought maybe we could make his week a little easier by helping to take his mind off where he is and why he’s there, and giving him some things to look forward to.  What should we do? I asked Beth, my co-conspirator who is always willing to go along with me on my hare-brained schemes.  She kindly let me bounce ideas off her and was very supportive, and then helped me write the email to invite people to join in, so please give her a big round of applause and a pat on the back! 🙂

So we are posting virtual cards, fun photos, games, activities, stories, songs, videos – anything at all we can think of that would be fun and entertaining – especially for Renn (who, if you haven’t guessed yet, loves Star Wars :)).   Anyone else who has a child-friendly blog and would like to post something for Renn, please feel free to do so and add your post-specific link to the list below any time today or tomorrow.  (I respectfully request that you keep in mind that he is five years old.)

Renn and his mom can come here when they have a few minutes and check the list for new posts, and each time something new goes up, Renn will have something fun to look forward to.  Hopefully it will break up the long hours in the hospital with some bright moments, so the more we get the better!

And before I post the list, I would just like to say to Renn’s mom, dad, and little brother that we are all thinking of you too, wishing you strength to get through this, and hoping for the best of all possible outcomes for your Renn.  If the collective thoughts and prayers of this generous-hearted community can exert any influence, please know that we are all in your corner.

May the force be with you all!

69 thoughts on “May The Force Be With You, Young Renn!

  1. PragmaticMom says:

    I'm sorry that I had such a short time to pull a post together but I hope Renn enjoys it. Good to the young Jedi Master! Our best wishes for him and his family this week!!!

  2. Julie Hedlund says:

    This is amazing Susanna. Thanks for pulling us altogether as we are all pulling for Renn! I will get my post up first thing on Wednesday, as I'll need tomorrow evening to get it done. I too will remember to “use the forks” when I'm having difficulty with chopsticks. 🙂

  3. Beth Stilborn says:

    Awwwww — thanks so much for the mention and the pat-on-the-back, Susanna! I absolutely LOVE your hare-brained schemes. (I think hares must have more creative and thoughtful brains than we give them credit for, because they sure come up with some awesome ideas, especially hares named Susanna!) And I'm DELIGHTED with the way people have responded for our brave Jedi Renn.

  4. Beth Stilborn says:

    I love it when you email me with another hare-brained scheme. Thank you for including me! And we are so lucky to belong to this community. Wow.

  5. Teresa Robeson says:

    Wendy Greenley wrote a story in Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover's Soul about her epileptic dog and her other dog that “help” it out. It was very touching. I'm sorry that your poor dog has epilepsy. I hate to see anything/anyone suffer. 😦

    While I didn't get to do a post for Renn, I tweeted your post so I hope that will bring more people here to check out his story!

  6. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    Our poor Holly isn't suffering anymore. She died at age 3 – just one of those rare cases that simply can't be controlled by any means. But I'd like to read Wendy's story. Thanks so much for tweeting and spreading the word – you're very kind! 🙂

    Teresa Robeson wrote, in response to Susanna Leonard Hill:

    Wendy Greenley wrote a story in Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover's Soul about her epileptic dog and her other dog that “help” it out. It was very touching. I'm sorry that your poor dog has epilepsy. I hate to see anything/anyone suffer. 😦

    While I didn't get to do a post for Renn, I tweeted your post so I hope that will bring more people here to check out his story!

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  7. Patricia Tilton says:

    I finally got to your entry. I love it. Very creative. I have never created a video before. So much love from all of the entries. Wonderful idea. My thoughts are with Renn and his family.

  8. Emily says:

    I don't have a blog to post it to, but my 5 year old LOVES Weird Al Yankovic's song” Yoda.” You can find it on Grooveshark or whatever song site you prefer.

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