I loved this story on StarWars.com and have to mention it here. In 2005, seven-year-old Star Wars fan Katie Johnson was undergoing treatment for brain cancer. The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses and Katie came to their attention.
Katie’s wish? For an Artoo unit to look after her during treatment.
The R2 Builders Club created a full-scale Artoo unit for Katie, R2-KT (Artoo Katie). R2-KT looks exactly like R2-D2, but with pink paneling instead of blue. Sadly, Katie passed away in 2005 but her legacy lives on in R2-KT, which makes regular visits to children’s hospitals and even shows up at Star Wars conventions to help raise money for Make-A-Wish and other charitable foundations.
Lucasfilm and Hasbro learned of R2-KT and decided to make a special contribution of their own. On sale at Comic-Con International in San Diego this week are limited edition R2-KT action figures, with proceeds benefiting Make-A-Wish. A small number of the figures will also be sold on the official shopstarwars.com site after the convention.
Whether or not you are able to find the R2-KT action figure, I still encourage you to make a direct donation of time or money to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.