Community rallies to grant child’s wish

This past Monday the City of Edmonton became riddled with crime and a pint-size crime fighter stepped up to the plate.

This past Monday the City of Edmonton became riddled with crime and a pint-size crime fighter stepped up to the plate.

Edmonton Oilers Captain Andrew Ference was kidnapped by Mysterio, a villain that lurks in the streets of Edmonton.

There appeared to be no hope, until the Edmonton Police Service called for a superhero’s assistance. No not, Batman, Ironman or even Superman were called into action. It was Spider-Mable to the rescue.

Spider-Mable is not a new creation by Marvel or a DC Comic character you have yet to hear about, but a six-year-old girl who is battling leukemia. Through the Children’s Wish Foundation her wish, to act as her favourite superhero Spiderman for a day, was granted through teamwork and planning with many key players including the City of Edmonton and the Edmonton Police Service.

After she was called into action, Spider-Mable’s first stop was to meet with City of Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson who granted her full access to the city to track down the missing Oiler.

Next, she made a stop at the downtown police headquarters where she learned it was indeed villain Mysterio that had taken Ference. It was on to the West Edmonton Mall Waterpark for some superhero training where Spider-Mable was joined by Spiderman as she ziplined to rescue another character called Black Cat.

After lunch, the superhero group went to Galaxyland to find clues where Ference could possibly be. The clues led to the Edmonton Valley Zoo and with help from the famed Lucy the elephant, Spider-Mable was able to locate the missing captain and take down Mysterio.

All along the way, at every location in the city Spider-Mable visited, crowds of people were there to cheer her on and fight crime. People from all of the world followed the caper via social media, encouraging Spider-Mable to complete her crime-fighting mission.

While the day was a dream come true for Mable, it was also a moving experience for many who participated or came to cheer her on as she fought the villain.

With many resources in communities like Blackfalds and Lacombe, we should be able to grant ‘wishes’ like Mable’s too. All it takes is a child in need of some encouragement, an idea and a community that rallies behind that idea with support.