Mark Hamill Brings Smiles to Sick Kids at the Launch of Starlight Virtual Reality in Orlando

Yesterday, Starlight Children’s Foundation announced the launch of Starlight VR as well as their collaboration with the program’s Founding Sponsor, Star Wars: Force for Change, an initiative from Lucasfilm that harnesses the power of Star Wars to empower and improve the lives of children around the world. Powered by Google, Starlight VR is a groundbreaking new program that will entertain, educate and inspire the imaginations of hospitalized kids across the US through one-of-a-kind, immersive experiences.

Ahead of Star Wars celebration, actor Mark Hamill, best known for playing Luke Skywalker, surprised pediatric hospital patients at the launch of Starlight Virtual Reality at the Florida Hospital for Children in Orlando on Wednesday, April 12.

Hamill visited patients in their rooms as well as interacted with children as they played games, crafts, went through “Jedi training” and other Star Wars-themed festivities. At this special event, Hamill also presented new Star Wars-themed Starlight Brave Gowns that allow hospitalized kids to transform into their favorite Star Wars characters including Princess Leia, R2-D2, Chewbacca and Darth Vader.

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