Harrison’s connection to Star Wars happened well before he could watch the new movies and cartoons. Thankfully, he didn’t need Jedi mind tricks to convince his volunteer wish granters that his wish to have a Star Wars room was just what he was looking for.
Harrison, who was born with a genetic disorder, has always had a connection to Star Wars.
“My husband and I decided to give him the name Harrison, after Harrison Ford, because first, we love Star Wars, but secondly it is a strong name and we knew Harrison was going to be a strong boy.” said his mother, Anna.
Anna’s prediction has been true for Harrison, who deals daily with a critical genetic condition.
“What he goes through on a weekly basis is not easy. He goes to physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech class, and the list could go on and on. But he never ceases to amaze me with the strength he has during it all,” said Anna. “He is a ray of sunshine.”
Harrison’s personal love for Star Wars was instant after he watched Star Wars: A New Hope. Seeing Luke Skywalker’s strength and abilities resonated with him, and gave him a hero in Jedi armor.
“Star Wars is my favorite! I love Luke Skywalker because he has a green lightsaber and is brave,” said Harrison. “I want to be around Star Wars all the time!”
When Harrison was asked to describe his one true wish, he went on and on about Star Wars, so his wish granters knew the movie would be involved in some way.
For his one true wish, Harrison chose to be super close to a galaxy far, far away by creating a Star Wars themed bedroom.
Harrison’s room was taped off with yellow construction tape and he wasn’t allowed to see the super Star Wars surprises his wish granters had in store for him.
“He was good about not peeking into the room, he was very patient and just so excited to see how it looked in the end,” said Anna.
Before Harrison knew it, his special room was complete!
Harrison’s room was filled with Star Wars memorabilia, including a Millennium Falcon bed with a reading nook underneath with a Chewbacca rug and a sign on his wall saying “Harrison, Jedi Knight.”
“My room is awesome!” said Harrison. “It is the best place in the entire universe!”
Most nights, Harrison and his siblings sit in the reading nook and watch Star Wars, read books, and have sleep overs. It brings them together and Harrison loves that they can enjoy his room as a family.
“His room is his safe-haven.” said Anna. “When he is in there, he isn’t Harrison with the genetic disorder, he is Harrison the Jedi Knight.”