The “Electron Boy Team” honors Erik Martin, widely known as “Electron Boy” for his wish to be a superhero that was granted in 2010 with the help of thousands of community members. Supporters included Seattle Sounders FC, Puget Sound Energy, Space Needle, Edgar Hansen & Jake Anderson from The Deadliest Catch, Bellevue & Snohomish Police, Seattle Children’s Theater, Rob Burgess (Lightning Lad), Sally Bagshaw – Seattle City Council Member, Costco, Branded Solutions by Edgar Martinez, the DeLorean Club, Spiderman, Bayview Limousines, Mister T’s Trophies, Northwest Label/Design, Inc., Tri-Film Productions, Inc.
Erik lost his battle with cancer in September, 2011. Jeremy Martin, Erik’s father, is heading up the team.
“Make-A-Wish Alaska & Washington has done so much for Erik and our family, we want to make sure other families have the same experience,” he said. “Erik’s wish created a legacy that continues to live on and inspire people. A week doesn’t go by where I’m not approached by strangers who tell me how Electron Boy affected them in a positive way.”
The other families agree, with all testifying to the strong impact having a wish granted had not only on the ill child, but their entire family. They share a commitment to ensuring all critically ill children have the opportunity to experience a wish, and this desire drives their Walk team building and fundraising. The community is also invited to join the walk or contribute online.
This year there is no registration fee to participate in the walk. However, a minimum $100 fundraising goal is encouraged for each participant to support future wish granting. To qualify for a 2012 Walk for Wishes T-shirt, the minimum fundraising amount of $100 must be met by August 24, 2012.
Celebrating 26 years of granting wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions, Make-A-Wish Alaska & Washington grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. This year, the local chapter will grant nearly 300 wishes. For more information about Make-A-Wish Alaska & Washington and how you can share the power of a wish, please call 800.304.9474, visit www.northwestwishes.org or connect with via www.facebook.com/northwestwishes or on Twitter @MakeAWishAKWA.
Source: Walk for Wishes