One of movie history's greatest villains joined forces with a Jedi, not to mention R2D2 and Princess Leia, to surprise sick children at a Portland hospital.
Darth Vader led his stormtroopers into Randall Children's Hospital Monday. The cast of characters posed for photos with the kids, who also got to dress up in Star Wars outfits courtesy of Chelsea's Closet.
The Star Wars team is from Portland's Cloud City Garrison, a chapter of the 501st Legion of Stormtroopers.
"Our opportunity today is to pay it forward and give back to the community and bring some smiles," said Macy Bishop, who took on the role of Princess Leia.
Bishop admitted it can be overwhelming at first for the kids to see Darth Vader march into their room, but it doesn't take long for everyone to have a great time.
"They kind of calm down and ask us some questions and want to take a picture, and they're just super excited for us to be here," she said.
One 7-year-old patient said his favorite character was the clone trooper, but he was also impressed by R2D2, who moved around and made sounds just like in the films.
"He was cool, he was real," Landon said. "But the others, I know they weren't."
Even so, Landon received a very special message from Darth Vader himself.
"He said there's a lot of force in you."
The patients were also treated to Star Wars movies in the hospital's theater.
Randall Children's Hospital is one of the state's largest providers of pediatric inpatient and trauma services. The hospital has received nearly 100,000 patient visits per year and the emergency department receives more than 20,000 visits annually.
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