13-Year-Old Becomes Superhero For A Day

Submitted by: almightybob1 7 years ago in
http://blog.newsarama.com/2010/04/30/this-is-what-being-a-super-hero-is-all-about/

The Make-A-Wish Foundation turn this cancer victim into a superhero for a day, with the help of hundreds of volunteers.
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Female 934
That was the sweetest thing I`ve ever seen.
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Female 582
Does anyone else think that the creator of the Make-A-Wish deserves a Nobel or something?
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Female 400
That`s really cute.
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Male 5
oooooooooooooh my goddd i know this guy, hahah thats so amazing!!!! i used to hang out with his brother xD
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Male 3,915
great work people
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Male 2,553
Heartwarming!
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Male 1,686
nice werk.
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Female 122
I like the evil hot water bottle.
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Male 500
Such a poor cute kid, but the people who did this for him are totally awesome. Faith in human nature is temporarily restored.
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Male 17
I really don`t get some of the people on here..This is an experience that hoping he does live through his hardships..will stay with him FOREVER, he will never forget the day he was a superhero, and the thought will always make him smile. That is what it means to him..And honestly..most of the people who read the article are probobly cheered up a bit too, so happiness was spread, thats the goal, and it was achieved.

Also, one thing people fail to grasp, simply making a person happy in the face of something like this can quite honestly cause them to pull through things that they otherwise would have perished from...Willpower, and not giving up, thats what it boils down to..So maybe Make a wish is doing ALOT more good than people initialy realize.
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Female 864
What a great thing to do for the kid and the fact that so many people got involved to give him that experience gives you hope for humanity .
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Male 3,431
That`s awesome. If I`d have known it was in town, I`d have been there to cheer him on.
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Female 117
What a lovely story. I know it sounds soppy, but it really warms your heart :D
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Male 773
If I were to be terminally ill, my wish would involve the letters j,e,s(x2),i,c,a(x2),l,b, and another a. I would die a happy man indeed.
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Male 1,190
I approve, anything that makes people happy is a good thing, we should do more to make each other happier every day, terminal diseases or not.

Be nice to each other!
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Male 988
I still remember when a kid got a mount for WoW from the make a wish foundation.
Lul.
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Female 3,598
Aww... that is heart warming
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Male 4,431
@Thesphinx, your values are different than a child`s. You`re older, wiser, more experienced in life. So, of course you wouldn`t be "made happy" by such a gesture. But, can`t you see that the gesture might make a child happy? Even for just a little bit? And, in doing so, that it might make happy those who volunteered?

Again, not saying it`d make you happy, but, empathy is a virtue, too, ya know? And perhaps if you were terminally ill there would be *something* that would make you happy? A discussion with a great philosopher, perhaps? Meeting a writer? Seeing the Arctic? It`s all perspective. That`s all.
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Male 352
@CoffeeDiiva

That`s my issue with it. Make-A-Wish is not making anyone "happy" so much as they are keeping them entertained. It may be a sickening way to think about it, but it`s completely true.
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Female 250
Thats flippin` awesome.
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Male 586
I think this was a visa commercial....
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Male 10,440
[quote] there are other charities that use the money for research. [/quote]

I agree, but make a wish does do `something`, which is more than a load of other "charities", televangelists for instance.
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Male 10,440
... the best part of being a superhero is the super powers, if you don`t have those... it just seems useless.

But whatever, kid had the time of his life.
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Male 10,440
The whoopee cushion is full of evil.
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Male 25,416
What they did for this kid and the extent that they went to make this kid believe, is just awesome! Complete with a nemisis and a crowd of that many is just great! congrates to the people!
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Female 1,604
Really a super hero? well guess if it makes him happy, however he really wasn`t a super hero now was he?
As for the make a wish, and what they do with the money, they do what they say they are going to do, make a child who is dying happy, there are other charities that use the money for research. It is up to the people who donate if they want to give it to make a wish, cancer research or not at all. probably all these kids will die sadly before they even come close to a cure so let them have their wish fulfilled
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Male 588
Thesphinx, it`s good to know someone else shares my point of view.
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Male 352
green_batman: I appreciate you actually taking the time to look through my message, so thank you for that.

I often disagree with people who claim that Make-A-Wish is making dying kids "happier." Imagine if you were in this situation. It`s slightly different from a third person perspective.

What would make me happy, personally, is being in the company of my family and friends through this hard time. Though I would rather enjoy playing this game, it would by no means bring me joy.

Though entertainment is always good, all things considered, it is the last thing I would be searching for at this time. To think that Make-A-Wish spent millions on this, and yet not a cent of it went to saving lives, is a little sickening.
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Female 1,963
Oh come ON people in the comments. This is a kid who is dying, that gets to have one spectacular day thanks to the help of a lot of wonderful people. If you can find something negative to say about that then you must have a hole where your heart should be.
Not only does this help the child in question, it raises awareness about a variety of conditions and thus helps raise money for research.
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Female 728
Thesphinx: I`m not claiming that selfless = noble, but you aren`t providing any direct reasoning to say that it isn`t noble to do something for this kid. I am saying that it is good because it makes people happier and it doesn`t actually hurt anything.

Make-a-Wish is specifically devoted to doing something to make dying children a little happier. There are other organizations devoted to cancer research, so people can donate to those if they want to directly contribute to that. Make-a-Wish is for doing something to make life a little happier for those kids who currently have a terminal illness that won`t be cured in time.
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Male 560
herp derp
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Male 3,842
Isn`t this the plot of Kick-Ass?
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Male 352
As typical being on the internet means everyone is at each other`s throats... -_-

It`s wrong to assume that doing selfless things necessarily means doing noble things. If a person truly wanted to be happy, he could do so without the use of city-wide performances.

My only issue is that, rather than Make-A-Wish utilizing their time and resources to do some good to the world, they use it for ultimately back-ended purposes. To paraphrase, it`s distorting the purpose in life as materialistic to overcompensate for hardships.
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Female 728
Edgarska19: If it were possible to do this sort of thing for every dying kid, I`m sure people would do it. It isn`t possible, though. What is wrong with doing it for the handful of kids that they can do it for?

Thesphinx: How is this hollow? It makes the kid happy and it makes everyone who helped him out happy. There are a lot of things that he`ll never get the chance to do because of his cancer. That doesn`t mean that he should give up on any chance of happiness or meaning in the remainder of his life. And it does have meaning because this will have an impact on the people who participated as well as some people who read about it.
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Female 132
The Make-A-Wish Foundation is truly amazing! I am a survivor of ALL Leukemia and was able to participate in the program. Seeing stories like this makes me smile! For a kid who has to go through so many hard moments in his life, it is nice to him live out his wish!
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Female 1,593
Most touching article I`ve seen on I-A-B in a while. <3
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Male 2,296
Yeah, let`s see you do noble and opportunistic things when you`re dying from cancer before you`re even an adult.

I don`t get you people. Could you really say this kind of stuff to his face? "Hey you selfish little dying brat. Why don`t you do something nice for me!? OR your community you little whiner!"

That`s what I see at least: venom.
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Male 352
@Edgarska19

Still in complete agreeance with you. Also, the problem with "hollow gestures" is that if this kid really is going through a lot right now, it would be better if he could have the chance to do noble, opportunistic things rather than gratify in the physical sense. Instead people all around are encouraging him to indulge in his personal fantasies.
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Female 4,376
Aww. This is so nice.
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Male 1,045
@ smagboy1

what i mean is that it seems a little unfair that other kids don`t have this oportunities.

i`m not saying it wasn`t a sweet gesture, because all those people volunteered.

but i guess if you can make one child happy, then it`s a good thing.

there, let`s see how people twist my words now.
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Male 4,290
Edgar: just because they can`t help every kid doesn`t mean they shouldn`t help any kid.
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Male 15
I`m not crying. something in my eye etc etc.
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Female 119
The make a wish foundation is wonderful. They try their best to grant the wishes of these kids and this is proof. Every kid has a differant wish. This is just so sweet.
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Male 4,431
Guys, whether it`s "hollow" or not, it made people feel good (all volunteers, by the way). Quite a few of them, actually. As for it being unfair to other dying children, I`m not sure I understand that? They`re all dying, right? So, doing something for one is hurtful to the others? Like they`re some sort of homogeneous, underprivileged, all-living-in-one-room group? I suppose if you rub it in their faces, like, "Oh smack! This kid got to be a super hero and yo-ooo-oou didn`t! `Cause you`re a loser!" But otherwise, where`s the harm in making someone smile? A lot of people got joy from doing this--it was all volunteer work, after all--so, where`s the issue?
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Male 79
Great story. I`m glad that some people still have a heart left in this world. Kudos to Make-A-Wish for all the good work that they do. These kids really deserve it.
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Male 352
/Quote/i know i`m gonna sound like an non-nice individual (because i am), but i think that was completely unnecessary.

it was a nice gesture on everyone`s part, but it`s unfair to all the other dying children./Quote/

I agree with this completely. I don`t think this was charming at all. It`s really just a hollow gesture.
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Male 4,680
This is the best thing I`ve ever read ever. I`ve been feeling depressed for the past 24 hours but I`m now smiling after reading this :) Thanks IAB!
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Male 4,867
he totally stole this idea from Kick Ass.

but seriosuly; thats a great thing for all those volounteers to do for the kid
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Male 210
this makes me tear up. good stuff.
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Male 668
I wanna be a superhero for a day... I`m gonna make my own wish come true... First step. Name?
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Male 4,807
Great story.
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Male 1,045
drating non-nice individual rooster
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Male 1,045
i know i`m gonna sound like an non-nice individual (because i am), but i think that was completely unnecessary.

it was a nice gesture on everyone`s part, but it`s unfair to all the other dying children.
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Male 4,290
Link: 13-Year-Old Becomes Superhero For A Day [Rate Link] - The Make-A-Wish Foundation turn this cancer victim into a superhero for a day, with the help of hundreds of volunteers.
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