SEATTLE, Washington — Trouble was brewing in the city on Thursday when Doctor Dark and his sidekick Blackout Boy trapped the Seattle Sounders in their locker room, stranded a Puget Sound Electric employee in a bucket truck, and then imprisoned sightseers at the Space Needle. Fortunately for these lucky citizens, Spider-Man was there … to go for help. He knew that Electron Boy was just the hero for the job. Assisted by Lightning Lad, Electron Boy zipped to the scene in his DeLorean, rescued all the victims and defeated the dastardly duo.
This was how the day played out for 13-year-old Erik Martin, who got to be a superhero, thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The foundation grants wishes to kids with life-threatening medical conditions (Erik has liver cancer), but this one is probably the most elaborate (and geeky!) wish I’ve seen. More than 300 people volunteered to make this wish come true — they even shut down highways and 20 motorcycle cops escorted Electron Boy in his DeLorean. Doctor Dark and Blackout Boy were played by Edgar Hansen and Jake Anderson from Deadliest Catch.
It’s a fantastic story, and I applaud the planning and effort that went into making sure Erik’s wish was a tremendous success. You can read more about the elaborate setup in this Seattle Times article, and see many photos from the day on the regional Make-A-Wish chapter’s Facebook page.
And, of course, if you want to help other kids get their wish, be sure to visit the Make-A-Wish Foundation website to find your local chapter or make a donation!