Starstruck by Starlord

October 22nd, 2014 by

I have been starstruck in a big way recently. I am not usually the type to go gaga over good looking movie stars, and I don’t keep up with celebrity gossip as well as I could, although I’ll admit to occasionally reading People magazine, or even one of it’s trashier counterparts. I’ve always been more interested in the clothing choices of celebrities rather than their personal choices.

The star who has struck me lately, however, is the ever talented and ever adorable Chris Pratt. I loved him as “Andy” in Parks and Recreation, where he plays a goofy and not very bright guy, who has a talent for making people laugh, and for dating (and marrying) women much smarter than he is. (Including a nurse!) I was excited when my husband wanted to take me to see Guardians of the Galaxy, because I knew he was in it.   I loved the movie and it definitely made me crush harder on him!

I came across an interview recently, done before the opening of Guardians of the Galaxy, where Chris talked about wanting to visit sick children dressed up as Starlord if the movie became a hit. We all know it did, and Chris has kept good on that wish and promise, wearing the Starlord jacket he stole from the wardrobe and visiting children in hospitals.

Put yourselves in the shoes of a 9 year old boy, ill and bored at the hospital. Starlord, a comic book character and movie star, has come to visit you! Imagine telling all your friends when you get out of the hospital, imagine showing them pictures, imagine telling them that you wore Starlord’s jacket (and it was really heavy—40 pounds wet). His visits to ill children, some of them terminal, give them something they may have lost—hope. And as nurses, we all know that your attitude and your state of mind can perform miracles.

One of the articles I read said that the 35-year-old actor spent more than three hours in full costume and handed out movie-themed toys. Pratt also visited patients in the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, the Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases and the Pediatric ICU. Three hours is a lot of time devoted. What a neat and generous guy, a celebrity healer. How cool is what he did for these children, just because he could? If you are reading this, Mr. Pratt, I think I speak for all nurses when I say we admire and love you!

About the Author:

Rebecca Kinnebrew

Rebecca Kinnebrew is an RN currently employed at a large southeastern hospital, working in a busy cardiac unit. Her previous experiences include geriatric and maternal nursing. Almost all of her family works in healthcare, either as doctors or nurses, so at a young age she has been exposed to the real issues facing healthcare workers and patients. When she is not saving lives or holding the hand of those easing out of this life, she writes about her experiences and observations, as well as other topics. When she isn’t juggling her work hats, she plays tennis obsessively, works in her yard, and cares for her stepson, husband, and her little furball.

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