My friends and I have been circulating this tender story about a 13-year-old boy with liver cancer who saw his dream of becoming a super hero come true.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation elaborated an entire day’s worth of make believe and fun that included dozens of volunteers, including Washington-state police officers, city officials, the Seattle Sounders soccer team and residents, both playing good guys and bad guys as well as stand-bys cheering on “Electron Boy’s” heroic actions throughout the day. Here is a glimpse of it in The Seattle Times:
Pulling off a wish like this one required a big story, and a lot of heart. And so, with a note of panic in his voice, Spider-Man explained the dilemma: “Dr. Dark” and “Blackout Boy” had imprisoned the Seattle Sounders in a locker room at Qwest Field. Only Electron Boy could free them.
Erik (Martin) got into his red-and-blue superhero costume, and called on the powers of Moonshine Maid, who owns a DeLorean sports car. For good measure, more than 20 motorcycle officers from the Bellevue Police Department and King County and Snohomish sheriff’s offices escorted Electron Boy to Seattle.
“They shut down 405 — they shut down I-90,” marveled Moonshine Maid, aka Misty Peterson. “I thought it would just be me, in the car.”
At Qwest Field, Electron Boy was directed by frantic fans to the Sounders locker room, where the entire team was shouting for help behind jammed doors. With a little help from Lightning Lad, the alter ego of local actor Rob Burgess, Erik opened the door with his lightning rod. The Sounders cheered.
“Thank you, Electron Boy,” said defender Taylor Graham.
“You saved us!” exclaimed forward Nate Jaqua.
“Good job, big man,” said defender Tyrone Marshall. And forward Steve Zakuani mutely bowed his thanks.
Electron Boy seemed a little dazed by his powers. Out on Qwest Field, the Sounders gave Erik a hero’s congratulations, posed for pictures and gave him a jersey and autographed ball.
Everyone was startled when, overhead, the Jumbotron crackled to life.
“Electron Boy, I am Dr. Dark and this is Blackout Boy,” sneered an evil voice, as the villain — Edgar Hansen, and his sidekick Jake Anderson, both of Discovery Channel’s “Deadliest Catch” — taunted the young superhero. “We are here to take over Seattle and make it dark!”
The action played out throughout the day. And this was the quote that got me: “This is the best day of my life.”