Make-a-Wish Foundation + hundreds of volunteers = Electron Boy

This has got to win the IC prize for most heartwarming story of the week.  It might even make Brian crack a smile (a benevolent one, not the evil grin he usually has going on).  Seriously, this story’s so nice, it belongs on the Lifetime channel.

Erik Martin, a 13-year-old boy living with liver cancer, became a super hero for a day, teaming up with Spider Man and Lightning Lad to free the Seattle Sounders from their own locker room at Qwest Field.  He also freed a Puget Sound Electric employee from the top of his truck and raced to the Seattle Space Needle to capture the dastardly duo who had caused all this mayhem – Dr. Dark and Blackout Boy.  After an exhausting day’s heroics, Martin commented “this is the best day of my life”.

This day became possible not only because of the Make-a-Wish Foundation, but also through the willing cooperation of hundreds of volunteers:

  • Bellevue Police and King County and Snohomish sheriff’s offices stopped traffic on two major highways to let Electron Boy zoom to the rescue in a Delorean sports car owned by “Moonshine Maid”;
  • The entire Seattle Sounders professional soccer team allowed themselves to be jailed and rescued by Electron Boy;
  • Edgar Hansen and Jake Anderson, actors on Discovery Channel’s “Deadliest Catch” played the bad guys;
  • Over 250 Puget Sound Electric employees cheered him on as he rescued their colleague.

You gotta read the story for yourself.  When people rail about how self-centered Americans are, pull this one out to remind yourself that people will go to great lengths to make a boy’s dream of being a super hero come true.

(H/T Kathi Hamlon)


Jason Negri received his bachelor's and master's degrees from Franciscan University and his law degree as a member of the inaugural class of Ave Maria School of Law. He is a practicing attorney and the elected Treasurer of Hamburg Township in Michigan. He is a member of Holy Spirit Church in Brighton, where he sings in the choir and chairs the parish council. He is also the founder and executive director of the Daniel Coalition, an organization of laity formed to advocate for victims of clerical sexual abuse in the Diocese of Lansing. He and his wife Samantha have 5 children and 2 grandchildren.

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