When Andrew Ference, captain of the Edmonton Oilers hockey team, was kidnapped on Sept. 28, 2015, the mayor turned to the only hero he could trust to save the day: SPIDER-MABLE (aka 6-year-old Mable Tooke)!
You have captured our hearts, #SpiderMable. Go drop that puck and enjoy your standing O! #Oilers @childrenswishfoundation #yeg
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Not-so-spoiler alert: This whole rescue was organized and staged by the C3:Caring Characters Cosplay and the Children's Wish Foundation of Canada to bring some much-needed brightness into the life of Mable Tooke of Edmonton, who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia back in 2013. Her wish? To be a superhero for a day — specifically Spider-Man, whose stories she'd consume during long stays at the hospital. Now, back to our regularly scheduled programming!
Cue the chorus:
This six-year-old girl is able
To save her hockey team in time,
drop the puck when they're off-sides.
“Let's go!"so shouted Spider-Mable.
t's first star, obviously! 🌟 #SpiderMable #Oilers #OilCountry #ChildrensWish
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She really did drop the ceremonial first puck at the Oilers game. And according to her mother, when she first heard the "news" of Ference's disappearance, she really did say something as action-movie-awesome as "Let's go!"
Is she strong? Listen, bud:
The secret's right there in her blood.
Town got crime? She's your answer:
She'll battle that, like she's battled cancer.
Hey, there! There goes the Spider-Mable.
I LOVE my hometown. So much heart. So much sense of community. #yeg #spidermable #proud #inspired
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Mable says she was drawn to Spider-Man because they both share radioactive blood. Not to mention the way they both always seem find the strength to smile through and endure even the darkest of moments. "He's just like me," she told CBC News. "He's funny. He's got a pretty good sense of humour."
In the chill of Canada,
at the scene of a [staged] crime,
Thanks to some fine folks,
She arrived just in time.
We are all cheering for you SpiderMable!! Please help us save Andrew Ference!! #SpiderMable #spiderman #YEG #eps #edmontonpoliceservice #edmonton #childrenswishfoundation #cancer #cancersucks #leukemia #community #support #saveus #superheroes #supervillians #edmontonoilers #andrewference #kidnapped
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Mable even had the chance to practice her webslinging skills when she ziplined through the West Edmonton Mall with her hero behind her. Unless ... maybe all the film crews and stunt coordinators were actually just a part of supervillain Mysterio's diabolical special-effects scheme?
tired, wide-eyed Spider-Mable.
Childhood's been hard for her —
but we know that she'll endure.
After a two-year battle, Mable is nearing the end of her cancer treatment — and the prognosis is looking good. Her mom says the super-adventure went a long way to boost Mable's tired spirits. "She's getting close to the end of her treatment. It's become such an incredible drag," her mother, Lisa, told the Edmonton Sun. "We haven't found anything that intimidates her yet," added her father, Neil, saying that the experience helped his heroic daughter to "forget about the hospital, forget about procedures, and just be a kid again."
To her, life is a great big bang up,
but her costume, she won't hang up.
Best hopes to Spider-Mable!
If you're so inclined, you can make a donation to Children's Wish as well. But for now, we're hopeful that Spider-Mable will continue on her road to recovery and help save the citizens of Canada for many years to come. In the meantime, here's a video replaying the entire day's event: