- "I guess a big part of his impact on me was how quickly he was here and gone. He was literally playing Star Wars one day and gone the next. It wasn't till later that I found out about the amazing life he'd lived, and how he beat the odds again and again to just keep living when all the doctors said he wouldn't live to be 7 years old."
- ―Gregg Keefer
Shawn Valdez was a Jacksonville, Florida boy who died from leukemia at the age of thirteen after struggling with the disease for nearly eight years. In honor of Valdez's memory, Decipher, with Lucasfilm's permission, decided to name the Star Wars character Shawn Valdez after him, as part of the Hoth Limited expansion set of the Star Wars Customizable Card Game.