Girl battling cancer set to become "Spider-Mable," Edmonton’s newest crime fighter
Published Sunday, September 27, 2015 1:14PM MDT Last Updated Monday, September 28, 2015 9:47AM MDT
Edmontonians will be caught in a sticky web of Spider-Man mania on Monday, September 28, with the help of the Children’s Wish Foundation, the City of Edmonton and countless others.
Six-year-old Mable, a.k.a. “Spider-Mable”, has been fighting cancer for the past two years – soon her most heartfelt wish to fight crime alongside Marvel’s flagship character will come true.
While her spider senses might be tingling, the elaborate plan is set to be a complete surprise for the young girl who will suit up for a custom designed experience with her hero, Spider-Man, by her side.
Organizers said every detail of her day is planned around the people and things she loves in Edmonton.
The adventure begins at 7 a.m. as Mable sees a staged newscast and is informed of mysterious happenings in the city.
“Spider-Mable” will then hear a plea for help from Mayor Don Iveson at City Hall, receive instructions from officers at police headquarters, investigate villainous activity at the West Edmonton Mall World Waterpark, receive superhero training at Galaxyland and rescue a “prominent Edmontonian” at the Edmonton Valley Zoo.
Mable’s desire for fun and adventure is infectious, however, according to her mom Lisa, it was a different story in September 2013 when she was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia - a cancer of the white blood cells.
“She started to find a short walk to school to be too much for her,” Lisa said. “She had a total lack of energy and didn’t want to do anything.”
During her treatments, Mable would pass time reading comics - 1960s era Spider-Man issues being her favourite.
According to Lisa, Mable has always liked Spiderman because he was the closest hero to being human.
Organizers encourage the public to come out and see your friendly neighbourhood “Spider-Mable” in action at the following stops:
- City Hall to police headquarters - 9:45 a.m.
- West Edmonton Mall's World Waterpark – 11:15 a.m.
- West Edmonton Mall's Galaxyland – 1:00 p.m.
- Edmonton Valley Zoo – 2:45 p.m. (including a wrap-up celebration in the zoo’s Otter Room)
In 2013, a 5-year-old boy with leukemia fulfilled a similar wish in San Francisco as “Batkid” with the help of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Miles Scott became a darling of social media and attracted thousands of fans, including the White House.