Daily Archives: January 28, 2009

A Heartwarming Story – R2-KT

One of the things I love about being a Lean practitioner in a pediatric hospital is the focus on the patient.  Reducing waste to be able to help more kids, limit their waiting, and improving value-added time makes my work meaningful. 

My heart is touched when I see how others are doing what they can to improve kid’s lives by raising money and providing fun for them.  Even better is when it involves my other passion, STAR WARS.

Check out the “BIRTH OF A DROID” link on THE R2-KT HOME PAGE.  A little girl named Katie was diagnosed with brain cancer.  Her father is the founder of the 501st Legion costuming and fundraising group.  He connected with another fan group that creates life-size working R2-D2 droids.  They created the droid and painted it pink since it was Katie’s favorite color.  They named the new droid R2-KT (KT=Katie). 

Little Katie has passed but R2-KT still is helping raise funds and visiting kids to lighten their day (look at the link for R2-KT’s Adventures).  Hasbro Toys created a figure where the proceeds went to Make-A-Wish.  Lucasfilm even made the fan creation part of official cannon in last summer’s Clone Wars animated movie.

I like to share this because it is pretty deep in Star Wars fandom for most people to know about it.  I also hope this inpires all of us to follow our passions and do what we can to improve.  Our efforts today can have a long tail for others to build on our momentum.

My 2009 Hansei: Scarcity inspires creativity and innovation.  How can I help harness that inspiration?

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