Erik Martin was just like any normal kid on the block. He liked to laugh, play and read comic books. However, what most people didn’t know is that Erik was foster child and suffered from a rare form of cancer. Like many ailing kids before him, young Erik was asked to “make a wish” by the kind people of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Erik told wish manager Jessie Elenbaas that he wanted to do things he was never been able to do: to run fast, be powerful and help people. In essence -become a superhero for a day.
So began one of the greatest Make-A-Wish moments for the Washington chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Erik created Electron Boy, a superhero who regularly saved Seattle, Washington from the forces of evil and darkness.
Wearing a handmade superhero costume -that he had helped design-, and riding in a DeLorean sports car, Erik rescued local soccer team -the Seattle Sounders- from the evil Dr. Dark and Blackout Boy.
He also saved a Puget Sound Energy (PSE) worker stuck in a bucket truck, rescued a group of people trapped on the observation deck of the Space Needle, and captured the villains, played to the hilt by Edgar Hansen and his sidekick Jake Anderson, both of Discovery Channel’s “Deadliest Catch.” Not bad for a kid 13 year old kid.
Erik Martin sadly succumbed to his disease. Erik died Friday at home. He was 14.
A group of independent comic-book creators inked and published a real comic book of his exploits. And the “Fans of Electron Boy” page, still active on Facebook, drew thousands of members — today, its fans number nearly 12,000. Since news has spread of Erik’s passing the Electron Boy page has quickly turned into a tribute in this young man’s courage and honor, with many kind words of love and support.
One fan left a message that said “Thank you Erik for making me remember the important things, you are an inspiration. I will my hug my kids a little bit tighter this weekend.”
You were a true hero Erik, you lit up the lives of many. You’ll will be missed! RIP, little dude.