You very well may have read this story already, but I felt the need to share it on a dreary Monday. I have some things to say on the subject, but read this incredible article before moving below the fold. Have a tissue handy.
I can't say enough good things about Make-A-Wish. It's one of the truly amazing organizations out there that gives everything, and gets nothing. To make a kid's dream come true like this, I just don't think I can comprehend what it meant to Erik. Talk about the most perfect role-playing session, ever.
We geeks and gamers are a bit of a strange breed. While everybody is a geek for something, be it sports or cars or exercise or whatever, those of us that enjoy a good comic book or video game specialize in escapism. That being the case, I think that we can especially understand how special a day Make-A-Wish put together for Erik. I keep thinking about what it must have been like to watch Erik defeat the villains and save the day, to stand on the side of the road and cheer for Electron Boy. I'm sure it was indescribable.
Through all of this, as you read this amazing story, I think it's pretty easy to forget the genesis of this whole situation: Erik is living with liver cancer. It's an unfair world that we live in where a kid draws the cancer card from the deck, which in turn makes the justice that Erik got to experience a day as a superhero all the more sweet.
Too many kids don't get the sort of day that Erik got. Join with me and throw a few dollars to Make-A-Wish. I'm putting in my contribution in a moment; right now I've got something in my eye.
Update: Thanks for the video link, L7.