“Faster than a speeding bullet! Stronger than a locomotive! Able to leap tall buildings with a single bound! Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird… it’s a plane … it’s — SUPERMAN!”
My grandson Max wishes he was Superman. He LOVES to dress up as the good-doer — and I love it too. I call out the famous lines from the quote above and he “flies” around the back yard, fighting crime and saving lives.
But this is a story about another little boy named Abiyu who wished he could be Superman. And, for just one day, his wish came true — thanks to those kind-hearted and generous folks at the Make-A-Wish Foundation and their “super” friends: the Idaho Army and Air National Guard (special shout-out to Dawn Groat, Public Affairs Assistant & Community Support Specialist at Gowen Field), St. Alphonsus LifeFlight, volunteers, area businesses — and the Idaho Food Bank.
Abiyu is as real a Superman as it gets.
Abiyu, er, Superman, that is, may be a bit short in stature and age (he’s only six-years-old), but he’s got a big, Superman-sized heart and courage beyond belief. Abiyu (the name means “the Great One”) came all the way from Ethiopia and was adopted recently. And the reason he got his Make-A-Wish dream come true: this superguy has a life-threatening medical condition.
But that didn’t stop him from donning the famous blue and red suit and cape, “flying” in (via LifeFlight helicopter) to save Belle (of Beauty and the Beast fame) from the evil robot Queen and her robot clan — and then stopping over at the Idaho Food Bank — where he was joined by even more Superheroes (his adopted family).
At the Food Bank, Superman Abiyu got some super assistance from Spiderman (brother Grant), Word Girl (sister Ella), Iron Man (dad John) and Robot Queen (mom Marissa). Also on hand was Food Warrior (Shellie Harvath) and two Backpack Girls (Alisha Keezer and Jennifer Edwards), from the Foodbank staff.
They all packed food into backpacks that help feed hungry kids over weekends when school food isn’t available, said the Foodbank’s director of communications David Proctor. “You can only imagine how many backpacks Superman can fill. He was fast!”
The Make A Wish Foundation grants a wish every 40 minutes. Wanna help make dreams come true? Go to the Web site: http://www.wish.org/