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

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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

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  • Tonya

    Chive on from fellow South Dakota chivers! Hope you are feeling better!

  • Jake

    Get well soon Drake. May the force be with you and your awesome Mom!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=704313856 Lisa Weber

    Hang in there Drake, were all cheering you on.

  • Kelly

    May the force be with you young Jedi<3

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  • Matt

    May the Force be with you young Drake Sky Walker!

    A Jedi's strength flows from the Force.
    — Yoda

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  • SadeShadz

    #5 Aww!! :D KCCO Drake! You are awesome!

  • Jeff B

    Get well soon Drake!! Stay on target :)

  • Irish

    Drake, strong in the force to get better, you are. Yeesssssss.

  • Bar B.

    Long Long Time Ago in a galaxy, far far away,

    A young boy named Drake fought the dark side and kept calm.

    Hang in there little man, and keep smiling!

    and give your parants a big hug from time to time. It's like fuel to them.

  • Heavy Metal Cowboy

    Keep Calm and May the Force Always be with You… and a Big Rock On from Me

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  • Matthew

    Get well you must soon.

    Master Yoda

  • http://www.facebook.com/keith.blanke Keith Blanke


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    DRAKE! Champion of the Universe! Oh wait, that's Flash Gordon. Oh well, Chive On Drake!

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