Sunday, May 2, 2010

Electron Boy

By day, Erik Martin of the Seattle area is your typical 13 year old boy living with liver cancer.  OK, there is nothing typical about a kid with cancer.  But Erik also has an alter-ego;  Electron Boy, a Superhero who fights the powers of evil with light.

Last Thursday, he was preparing for just another day at school, when his morning was interrupted by a phone call from fellow Superhero Spider-man.  Spider-man needed help from Electron Boy to save the day from the evil doings of Dr. Dark and Blackout Boy.

I won't recap all of his exploits here, but let you read about them here at the Seattle Times article.  I dare you to read it and not at least wipe one tear from your eye. Through the local chapter of the Make a Wish Foundation, Electron Boy participated in not one, but two daring rescues before taking down Dr. Dark and Blackout Boy.  A full day for any Superhero, much less one suffering from liver cancer.

This is typical of the type of efforts the good, no great, folks at Make a Wish Foundation perform across our country.  Their goal is to grant a life changing wish to kids with life threatening medical conditions.  I know  the importance of their work because I had a nephew who was a Make a Wish recipient.  It was a special moment in his life.  But don't take my word for it, but take the work of  Electron Boy who called his experience, "This is the best day of my life."

Well done, Electron Boy.
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