Episode V: The Kids Strike Back
For the fifth year in a row, Port Colborne is going to be invaded as the annual Jace Wars fundraiser assembles at the Royal Canadian Legion Hall on Clarence St. Jace Wars was begun to help raise funds to help fight childhood illnesses.
Aaron Russell recounts the day he, along with his wife, heard these words, “Your son will not make it through the night.”
- What: Jace Wars: Episode V: The Kids Strike Back
- Date: Saturday June 17/2017
- Time: 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m.
- Location: Royal Canadian Legion, 67 Clarence St. Port Colborne
That was February 5th 2011.
At an age of only fourteen months old, their son Jace had been diagnosed with a brain tumour, they were told that the odds were against him in making a recovery.
Quoting famous Star Wars character Hans Solo, “Never tell me the odds!” the family came together. Jace’s tumour was removed and through treatment, he made a full recovery. During the ordeal, the love of Star Wars began, using the movie as motivation along the journey.
Since the recovery, Jace has spearheaded Jace Wars, a fundraiser to help.
“The proceeds from this fundraiser will be distributed between Ronald McDonald House Charities South Central Ontario and the Stem Cell and Cancer Research Institute located out of McMaster University which is spear-headed by one of the surgeons that helped save Jace’s life; Dr. Sheila Singh,” Jace’s father Aaron Russell said in a release.
“I think it is very important to help others who need help like I did,” seven-year-old Jace Russell said.
This year’s events has a lot of highlights, members of the community have come together to help out.
“This year’s event will include photo opportunities with costumed guests, face painting by Creative Faces, Pod-casting with We Got The Geek, temporary tattoo’s, craft corner with an amazing opportunity to build your very own lightsaber, awesome artists including Spent Pencils sketching for pledges, Star Wars themed games, raffle prizes, costume contests, the Galaxy’s greatest burgers and hot dogs made by Tender Cuts, and much, much more,” Aaron Russell said. “As if that was not enough, perhaps the biggest attraction at this year’s event will be the unveiling of Jace’s custom suit of armor which will be on display for the first time. Follow his story through the various details on the costume as they reveal his personal journey with a brain tumor. There will also be limited edition posters of the armor artwork, available for purchase at the event to commemorate the occasion.”
To find out more about Jace Wars, you can follow them on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/Jace-Wars-523633774369846/?fref=ts or see their website: http://www.jacewars.com/