Hello, Drake, welcome to your very own Star Wars post (26 Photos)

Drake Earl hasn't had an easy life. When he was two years old, doctors found an arachnoid cyst on his brain. He had surgery to implant a shunt that drains fluid from his cyst into his abdomen.

Last week, Drake's mother Mallory noticed Drake was yawning a lot - a classic sign that the boy is trying to relieve pressure in his brain. When Drake started getting massive headaches it became obvious to Mallory that Drake's shunt was malfunctioning. It wasn't long before Drake began vomiting and getting dizzy, his brain was filling with fluid.

The family rushed from South Dakota to St. Paul to see one of the few doctors who can perform such a difficult surgery. Drake spent the last 7 days recovering and he's doing well. While in the hospital Mallory would hop on theCHIVE to get her mind off things and she found herself writing me an email which I received last night. Mallory asked for a small favor:

"… Drake is in the hospital recovering and I don't ask for much. The last 6 years have been rough for Drake but he has such a positive attitude about it all. I want to do something special for him and I was wondering if we could ask theCHIVE for a small favor? Drake loves Star Wars and he'd be ecstatic to see a Star Wars themed post. You don't have to mention Drake or anything. I just know a Star Wars post on theCHIVE would make him smile, he's a loyal little Chiver and you've been helping me keep calm through this very difficult time.

At the very least, thank you very much for reading this. - Mallory."

Drake, this post is for you, buddy...

And now a special message from us at theCHIVE

  • Rye

    Glad t hear about Drake!

    • Rye

      That he is doing well with recovery.

    • TheAutomaticMan

      Fuck yes, Chive on little man, wishing you the quickest and most awesome recovery your little butt can handle.

      This is the kinda shit I like to see, not all the hateful comments that plague the other chive posts. Some people are so mean man.

    • Han freakin Solo

      "Yyyeeeehhaawwwwa!! Your surgeries all clear kid, now let's have a speedy recovery and go home!!"

    • Luke

      Chive on from Bend Oregon!! Get better soon buddy!

    • Jordyn

      Awe awesome Chive!! Almost made me cry at work lol

    • Adam

      Thumbs up if you're having an issue with dust in your eyes!!

    • https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1290690093 Chad Groves

      WOW! Drake you are a strong little dude may The Force stay strong with you, ALWAYS KEEP CALM AND CHIVE ON !

    • nick

      The sooner the better…KCCO Drake from Vancouver BC

    • etcrr

      The Force is Strong with Drake, kick it's butt Drake

    • chiefer

      Stay on target!!! Stay on target!!!

    • madstone

      genetic scum should die

    • CableGuy2011

      Chive on from Canada Little Jedi! For this post I think we should change it to KCHF (keep calm and heal fast). All the best to you and your amazing mom!

    • Adam

      I had to come back to this post this morning! Its a great way to start the day!!! KCCO Drake!!!

      This kid should have been Anikin!!

    • vonbiz

      Reading comments….faith in humanity restored

      • DaddyD

        Actually, I'm kinda disappointed that there are only 1500 comments. Chivers managed to cough up many more votes than that for Sara Underwood. Certainly Drake Luke Anakin Earl deserves at least as many. Let's go Chivers!

  • eljefe9

    Hang in there Drake! KCCO

    • Mr.Do

      The Force is what gives a Jedi his power.
      Its an energy field created by all living things
      It surrounds us, penetrates us, and binds the galaxy together.
      Much like your story.

      Thumbs Up if you think we should donate this for Drake!! http://www.amazon.com/The-Jedi-Path-Students-Edit

      • Marcos

        Get Well soon!! Hoping you the best little man from the Dominican Republic!

    • Mikey

      Hang in there little man, we're all wishing you a speedy recovery!!! KCCO 🙂

    • April

      This is a nice post about a sick child.

      It doesn't make up for Chive's Hump Day headline yesterday about AIDS, which includes 3 million children, but it's a nice post.

    • sfb101

      Wishing all the best to you Drake. I sense the force is strong in this one!

      • Bubba

        Recover you will!

    • akgoalie

      this is exactly why i chive.
      god bless you and your family Drake.

  • Marc

    IT'S A TRAP !!!

    • Underbaker
    • Admiral Ackbar

      That's my line! But this one is more fitting:

      You can see here the Death Star orbiting the forest Moon of Endor. Although the weapon systems on this Death Star are not yet operational, the Death Star does have a strong defense mechanism. It is protected by an energy shield, which is generated from the nearby forest Moon of Endor. The shield must be deactivated if any attack is to be attempted. Once the shield is down, our cruisers will create a perimeter, while the fighters fly into the superstructure and attempt to knock out the main reactor.

      General DRAKE has volunteered to lead the fighter attack.

      May the force be with you Drake!

  • Markle Sparkle

    Get well, Drake, the Alliance needs all the help it can get.

    • Master Yoda

      "No, there is another… his name is Drake"

    • guest

      Alliance…?? come to the dark side……

      • TheBAMFinater

        Exactly, only noobs play Republic.

    • Underbaker

      What he said! (and get your theme songs straight Mac)

    • FoxHoundNinja

      Screw the the alliance, the republic needs Drake. the kid's a trooper.

    • Aurora

      all hail to Drake, the Alliance awaits your return!

    • Mischa

      For the Horde!… Oh wait, wrong game.

      KCCO Drake!

  • G1880

    Drake may the force be with you.

    Kkco little Jedi.

    • Anon

      I'm not crying I promise. I just have some glass in my eye…Really…

    • Grammar Nazi


      • G1880

        Good point, well made, in all the excitement i didn't even notice myself.

        But the sentiment was there and it worked somewhat.

        I will do better in future.


  • Karie

    • bob_the_cook

      You are probably too young to appreciate what you've done here… but you've succeeded in bringing out the best in people from around the world in hopes that you will have a speedy and safe recovery.

      You are well on your way to bringing peace to the galaxy, and all you had to do was smile and have a loving mother with access to this amazing community.

      Best of luck in recovery, and don't forget us little people when you rule the galaxy.

  • Tanner

    Good luck on recovering Drake and Chive On!!

  • Question_Mark_

    KCCO Drake!

    Is there a way to donate for this kid and his family?

    • http://facebook.com/travisbartella misanthropetb

      I'd like to know the same thing! I'm sure if there is Jon will let us know.

      • thrillho

        I live and work in the Twin Cities metro area, I'd love to go buy a sh*tload of Star Wars Lego kits and deliver them to whatever hospital he is at. KCCO Drake!

        Drake's mom – if you are reading this, post some info. if you are OK with that.

    • Bruce

      May the Force Be With You

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=596932485 Warren Coe Meadows

      This is an awesome idea. How about it Chive?

      • Tu Dinh

        I can definitely put a few bucks into this fund…good idea!

    • ewdeziel

      I cant give much, but Id still love to donate something, some money, some toys, anything

    • Guy Incognito

      They live in Sioux Falls

    • Purple Monkey

      I believe I found their address, but I will only disclose it if John and Mallory says so

      • Mallory

        I'd rather you not post our address but thanks everyone for the thoughts and well wishes. Drake is loving it!

        • Purple Monkey

          No worries. Didn't want to pull a Spike Lee. Rock on Drake. Quite the young Jedi sir.

    • zepolcire

      I would be interested also. Sort of like a Future Chiver's charity thing.

  • http://thechive.com ontherun1989

    May the force be with you, Drake! KC&CO little buddy!

  • ahhhh

    chive, you guys are awesome!

    • fo real

      after finally hearing John's voice…it appears he really is gay

    • AnyoneForCoffee

      This may be the best Chive post ever! (Brilliant work on getting Drake into the photos and the gifs. Kudos to the genius behind them.)

      All the best to you from England, Drake! You are a hero!

      Although the parents are not going to like you for posting #18….No, siree.

  • Glenn

    Awesome post is AWESOME!

  • http://www.facebook.com/theloudestchiselbreaking Cameron Ten-toedsloth James

    God luck and good speed dude!

  • Beer

    Star Wars,
    Nothing but Star Wars,
    Give me those Star Wars,
    Don't let them end.

    —Bill Murray

    Hey, Drake. Remember when you blew up the Death Star? Thanks for bringing peace to the galaxy!

    • http://www.thechive.com AdamBaldick

      And hats off to a loving mother.. goes a long way

    • Wabash

      you're the man drake!!!

    • Smitty

      Great job CHIVE!
      Get well soon Drake!
      StarWars was my favorite movie when I was your age, a LONG, LONG, LONG time ago . . . .

  • http://echogeo.wordpress.com/ echogeo

    This is the Chive in one of it's finest hours! Get Well Jake!

    • ahhhh


      • http://echogeo.wordpress.com/ echogeo

        I was blinking through tears, I am not ashamed to say.

  • Coob19

    Classy move chive. Hope Drake can keep calm during this battle

    • SpacemanSpiff

      oh he will


  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1247673590 Chason Aura

    Hang in there buddy hope you get well soon!!

  • Brian

    get well lil guy, kcco

  • PureMeat

    God bless. KCCO little fella.

  • Ryan

    Get well lil buddy!! Wishing you all the best from Michigan.

  • ZJFromYourMom

    The force is strong with this one!

  • Matt

    Get well soon Drake! Chive on!

  • http://thechive.com/2012/03/22/daily-afternoon-randomness-51-photos-5/the-thursday-dar-9-2/ AubreyNadine

    Good Luck Drake ❤

  • Kate M

    Amazing post. This is why I'm a loyal chivette!! Prayers to you and your family! You're a brave kid! May the force be with you!!

  • Star Wars Rules

    I wish the best of luck to Drake during his recovery. As long as he KCCO's I am sure he will be all right. I am glad there is another StarWars fan out there who is cheered up by StarWars!

  • 1/2FunAndDon'tCry

    Keep Fighting and Chive On!!!!

    • Dan

      Heal fast you will young one
      Strong the force is with you
      KCOC you must 🙂

    • michael

      KCCO Brave Man

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