MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Up until a few months ago, George Lagerstrom was an active Edina school kid.

But George was born with a heart defect, and back in September something went wrong during surgery. He lost one of his feet, and both of his hands.

There is a passion, however, that George hasn’t lost — a passion for Star Wars.

Family friends came up with an idea to honor George on Tuesday. They held an American Red Cross blood drive with a Star Wars theme at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church.

Julie Lagerstrom, George’s mother, described the blood drive’s theme as appropriate.

“[Donor blood] saved his life, and we are just hoping to save more lives,” she said.

George wasn’t able to make it the blood drive in his honor. He was at Gillette Children’s Hospital, where he’s spent the last eight months.

Kristin Lindquist, a family friend, described the blood drive as anything but typical.

“You got Luke Skywalker…the Star Wars trilogy happening right in front of your eyes as you’re giving blood,” she said.

Donors weren’t the only heroes on hand Tuesday. The Star Wars costuming group, 501st Legion stood on hand at the drive. The group asked to join forces with George, giving him an honorary membership into their group.

George says he’s seen the Star Wars movies 10 times and knows no matter what bad comes his way, good can win out.


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