How do you take down a super villain? Well, super strength, detective skills, and the advanced wealth of a genius billionaire playboy philanthropist is a start, but what if you don’t have any of those things? What if your a 12 year old with muscular atrophy? That’s when the Make-A-Wish Foundation and a great group of volunteers step in.
Rex Velvet (above), the real life ‘super villain’ of Seattle may be more known for openly taunting local hero Phoenix Jones, but even a guy like him has a heart when it come to the kids. Especially a young 12 year old named Colby. Pairing with the local chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the local super-villain helped make Colby`s wish come true, capturing the villain under the name Super Agent C.
Diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy as a baby, 12 year old Colby is unable to walk, is slowly losing function in his hands and has trouble eating, but that hasn’t stopped him from foiling the attempted kidnapping of the Seattle Seahawks mascot Blitz and Robin Hall, a former Make-A-Wish kid. Watch the video for the whole story, but bring a few tissues because your gonna have something in your eye.
“I’m trying to stop my arch-nemesis called Rex Velvet,”
Special Agent C said, and by chasing clues on the streets of Seattle, finding a piece of fur on a strip of duct tape, Special Agent C and his team then took to the air in a helicopter in their search for Rex. Once Rex’s location was discovered by air, a Silly String fight at Lake Washington between Special Agent C and Rex lead to the capture of Rex, and all his henchmen.
“It’s probably the best birthday anybody is going to get,”
Colby said, as the day also coincided with his 12th birthday and the 5,000th wish granted by the local chapter. Great job from everybody involved, including Rex Velvet. Answer the call if your local Make-A-Wish Foundation chapter ever gives you a call to help out, you’ll never forget it.
I’m as cynical as they get. I’m the kind of guy that isn’t happy unless I have something to bitch about. With that said, I’m a sucker for sob stories. Especially ones involving sick children… and Star Wars. Suffice to say, today’s story had me weeping like a bitch.
Pictured above is 7-year-old Matthew Grammer. Matthew was diagnosed in January 2009 with ALL, or acute lymphoblastic leukemia. The little tyke has responded well to treatments and may very well beat the leukemia bitch back.
A year ago, The Make-A-Wish Foundation (A foundation that grants the wishes of children who have life-threatening medical conditions) of Oklahoma met with Matthew and granted him a wish. Instead of asking for a trip to Disney Land, a mound cupcakes, or a sculpture of Betty White made of bacon (OK, that’s my make a wish) , the little dude, who love Star Wars, asked for a larger than life R2D2 in which he could sit inside and drive.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oklahoma commissioned Little Mountain Productions of Tulsa to construct the drivable robot. A year later, a 6-foot tall R2 unit rolled into Matthews school.
Although the performance didn’t stick to the “Star Wars” story perfectly, Matthew couldn’t have cared less. He was too busy driving R2D2 and saving the day during a skit put on by Bishop Kelley’s senior class during the private school’s winter homecoming pep rally Monday afternoon. WATCH BELOW:
So, the littler duder got to be R2D2 and be a hero in front of his whole class? This puts a lump in one’s throat, does it not?
Godspeed Matthew Grammer. May the force be with you!
A special issue of Captain America is being released by Marvel to combat and raise awareness for suicide prevention. Titled ‘Captain America: A little help’ this special issue is for a very serious cause with a special cover for the readers.
Marvel is proud to announce the release of Captain America: A Little Help, an all-new story free to all fans via the Marvel Comics App (for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch) and Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited in an effort to help raise awareness of suicide prevention. Written by Dr. Tim Ursiny, PH.D., CBC, RCC and illustrated by Nick Dragotta, this powerful story shows what happens when one man on the verge of suicide is drawn into a chance encounter with Captain America—and he may be the Avenger’s only hope! This story is also available in I Am An Avenger #5, in comic stores nationwide today—both digital and print versions include contact information for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
“Super heroes fight a lot of battles, but there are few more important than combating suicide,” said Tom Brevoort, Senior Vice-President of Publishing. “That’s why we’re making Captain America: A Little Help available for free via our digital comics outlets. If even one person calls this number instead of doing something very tragic, we know that means we succeeded.”
How awesome is it for these guys to make create issue that brings something to everyone’s attention instead of leaving it in the background of your mind. Where most stories in Marvel involve a threat from villains wanting world domination and to conquer a galaxy this is about a person’s internal villain. Something very real for anyone that has been involved with such a tragic event, this is a must read for anyone touched by such tragedy. If a hero dies in the comic books they either get resurrected or replaced by their protege (like Captain America), we however are not so lucky.
Captain America: A Little Help is available right now on the Marvel Comics App and Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited or pick up a copy of I Am An Avenger #5 at your local retailer.
Yesterday Nerdbastards Reported on this homeless man with a voice that could make even grown men weep. Today we find out that due to the circulation of this video Ted Williams has a job with the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Quicken Loan Arena and that’s not all! Quicken Loans has offered to pay mortgage on a house for Ted.
“That lady offered me a full-time job with the Cavs and then something about the mortgage of a home? I’m going with that! Out of all the offers I’ve had, and I’ve had quite a few, I’ll be working in Cleveland, Ohio,”
This is a great story and just goes to show you how are fast moving media world can sometimes extend a hand to someone in need.
Here is the video that started it all:
Here’s hoping he moves forward in his new career and becomes the new voice of movies. Don LaFontaine, famous for “In a world…” died back in 2008. We have yet to find a suitable replacement. Ted Williams we WANT YOU!
(Post by nerdbastards contributor Nick Bungay- Twitter @NickBungay)
We’ve all been part of a fan club at some point in our lives. You all payed to join with the expectation that your hero or heroines would respond to you…the fan. In the case of then 8 year- old Teresa Juniso who back in 1988 sent off $12 to Wil Wheaton’s WILPOWER fanclub and waited. Boy did she wait. She never recieved her membership to Wil’s personal fanclub. 21 years later however, Wil Wheaton himself, star of Star Trek: TNG gave the now 29 year-old Teresa her full membership- along with one of the most sincerest apology letters ever written.
After hearing only last year that his now defunct fan club had crushed a then young fans dreams (monsters!) he somehow found a complete Membershit kit. He then proceeded to send along with the kit, a letter to the then 8 year-old Teresa. The letter included:
Dear 8 year-old Teresa,
I wanted to apologize to you for making you wait so long to get your official WilPower fanclub membership kit. You see, 15 year-old me is very busy with work and school, and the people who were responsible for getting your membership kit mailed back to you must have made a mistake.
It’s been a long time since the fan club did anything, but I’ve enclosed a membership car for you, as well as a wallet photo, and a picture that shows you how much I love Batman (HINTL It’s a lot)
Now that’s a class act from a guy people didn’t even like early on in The Next Generation (see: alt.wesley.crusher.die.die.die). It really shows how far some people will go to please a fan, even 21 years later. This must be why he created Wheaton’s law, he follows his own rule “Don’t be a dick”.
Over the weekend the city of Metropolis Illinois honored Noel Neill (the actress who portrayed Lois Lane in the 1950’s “The Adventures of Superman“) by unveiling a new Lois Lane statue in her likeness. Several hundred fans were present for the statue dedication with heartfelt comments by the city mayor, chamber of commerce members, the statue sculptor, and Noel’s manager. With the assistance of the official Superman of Metropolis, Noel unveiled the statue to the applause of her admiring fans.
Aww, sappy shit huh?
special thank to Crystal H. for sending us the tip