03 May 2010

Electron Boy Day

I generally try to keep up my midwestern stoicism and avoid "the lighter side" stuff, but this story is too sweet to pass up. The Seattle Times reports on Erik Martin, a 13 year old with liver cancer. For one day, the Make-A-Wish Foundation transformed him into Electron Boy, a superhero.

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.
Ya know, in a time of tea parties and Goldman Sachs and Glenn Beck, sometimes the lighter side is just plain nice.

(Tip of the ol' hat to Brandon P, who hates blogs.)

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