In 2004, Albin Johnson and his wife noticed that their daughter Katie was having some issues, as she kept falling down. They took her to a doctor and unfortunately discovered that their daughter had a brain tumor with only a few months left to live.
Johnson came up with the brilliant idea of creating an R2 unit to watch over her. The R2 Builder's club learned about Johnson's wishes and began to put together a droid for the sweet girl. The droid would be painted pink, which is Katie's favorite color.
When it became more apparent that the droid wouldn't be ready in time before Katie passed, astromech builder, Andy Schwartz, painted his own droid pink and shipped it to Katie. When she first laid eyes on it, she gave it a hug.
The droid watched over her during her last days, until Katie sadly passed on August 9th.
In 2006, the R2 Builder's club created their own droid and gave it to Johnson. Johnson has brought the droid out to charitable events over the years, and even inspired a limited edition action figure of the pink R2.
When David Filoni, director of The Clone Wars, learned about the droid, he decided to incorporate her appearance into the TV show as QT-KT, a droid owned by Aayla Secura. R2-KT has also been featured as well.
According to Geeks Speak and Albin Johnson, R2-KT is set to also appear in The Force Awakens!
Mary Franklin of Lucasfilm asked me to pitch the idea to Kathleen Kennedy (Lucasfilm President), and after hearing the story of our pink ambassador of hope Lucasfilm requested we ship her off to London early last year. Quick repairs were made and off she went for six months,” Johnson says in his email. While he could not disclose just when we could expect to see the pink droid, he was assured that she will definitely appear.
I look at R2-KT as a beautiful tribute to a little girl who most definitely left us way too soon. It is amazing to see the Star Wars community come together like a family and help other fans during intense times of need.