Monday, May 3, 2010
This Kind Of Made My Day...
Since 1980, The Make-A-Wish Foundation has been granting countless gifts for children with life threatening medical conditions (the above photo was the first thing that came up when I searched "make a wish"). The work that they do is always remarkable, and just several days ago they pulled off one the largest scale wishes that I have ever heard of being done.
What little boy, or grown man for that matter, isn't obsessed with superheros? With the help of the foundation one 13-year old in Seattle got to be a superhero for the day.
Erik Martin, is living with liver cancer and his one dream was to live out the life of his self-created alter ego, Electron Boy. Thats all the Make-A-Wish Foundation had to hear and they took it from there. With the help of several hundred volunteers and actors, the organization created an elaborate story right out of a superhero movie, villains and all, that had Erik saving lives all over the city.
He saved the Seattle Sounders and helped Seattle police arrest the villains outside of the Space Needle.
An entire city dedicated time to this, even highways were closed down to make way for the 20 motorcycle police escorts to help Erik maneuver his tasks. Hearing stories like this just make you realize that, even though the news is scary most of the time, there are nice things that will still come out of this world.
More information can be found in this feature story from last Thursdays Seattle Times.
It goes without saying, but Make-A-Wish foundation keep up the good work!