Apr 30 2010
So normally in our “strange news item of the day” post here is usually about some dumbass criminal doing some dumbass crime or something similar, but today, for a change we’re looking at a more positive story.
The kid you see above is 13 year-old Erik Martin, a kid with cancer whose wish was to be a superhero. Not ones to half ass anything, Make-a-Wish delivered probably the most elaborate setup I’ve ever heard from the organization.
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, Spiderman 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 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.
And that’s only the beginning, the kid goes on to fight his arch nemeses, Dr. Dark and Blackout Boy, who happened to be played by two guys from Deadliest Catch. He defeats them, and the police take them away, and the kid says it was the best day of his life. Mission accomplished.
Go read the full story here, it’s worth it.
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