This photo of Patrick Stewart hugging a young fan at Dragon Con would be fantastic on its own, but when you know more about the moment captured here by photographer James Barker, it hits warp speed on the awesome and feels.
Barker posted the photo on his Facebook page with the following explanation:
This is my favorite Dragoncon 2014 photo. The Make-a-Wish foundation made it possible for 10 year old Dawn, who has a life threatening illness, to meet Patrick Stewart backstage. He was about to speak to a packed room of 2000 people, but they sat down and he really focused on her; they talked for about 15 minutes. As things are winding down and she and her family are getting ready to go, Dawn unexpectedly throws him this huge hug, and you can see the happiness in both their faces. Bravo Sir Patrick! #classact #patrickstewart #dragoncon
The Make-A Wish coordinator who helped make this happen said that Patrick Stewart also gave Dawn a shout out in his panel and Dawn couldn’t stop grinning.
If you want to help contribute to more wishes like this one, you can go to wish.org. I’m sure there are lots of kids like Dawn who’d love to have their wish come true.