It’s not often a 6-year-old gets pressed into service to save her city, but for SpiderMable, no job was too big.
SpiderMable, or Mable Tooke as she is known in her civilian life, is a 6-year-old cancer fighter who dreamed of taking on some super villains in her down time from fighting cancer. Tooke was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, and throughout her treatment, she passed the time by reading Spider-Man comic books from the 1960s. She told people that she often dreamed that she would fight crime, Spider-Man-style, and the Children’s Wish Foundation made that happen.
According to her family, Tooke liked Spider-Man best because he was the closest to being human. Action 7 News put together a newscast where SpiderMable was summoned to service by Edmonton Police sergeant Steve Sharpe.
After arriving at Mayor Don Iveson’s office to determine her best course of action in rescuing Edmonton Oilers’ captain Andrew Ference, Iveson gave SpiderMable a new set of gloves and a set of web slingers. SpiderMable was also given the go ahead to save the day with the wall crawler himself, Spider-Man.
Of course, no day fighting crime is complete without classy transport, and SpiderMable definitely had a choice set of wheels to take her throughout the city. SpiderMable not only arrived at City Hall in a white limousine, she was also able to cruise to the various crime locations, which included West Edmonton Mall, Galaxyland, and the Edmonton Valley Zoo, to rescue the embattled Oilers’ captain.
Ference’s children also got in the act.
— Krista Ference (@krista_ference) September 28, 2015
It is not the first time that Ference was noted for his charitable work. Prior to leaving the Boston Bruins, Ference gave Matt Brown, a high school hockey player who was injured playing a game and paralyzed from the chest down, the Boston Bruins Army ranger jacket, according to Yahoo Sports.
SpiderMable had to work against one of the Marvel Universe’s trickiest villains — the dreaded Mysterio — and with what seemed to be the entire city of Edmonton behind her and SpiderMan, the duo ziplined across West Edmonton Mall’s waterpark to catch up with the villain, Yahoo Sports reported. After being hit with a lot of silly string, SpiderMable received a valuable clue as to Ference’s location — the Valley Zoo.
SpiderMable’s mom, Lisa Tooke, said that just seeing the expression on her daughter’s face when she realized she was going to go on a day of crime fighting was a memory in itself.
“Everything that we’ve put in to getting this set up and keeping it secret from her is just so worth it,” said Lisa Tooke.
SpiderMable was given the added bonus of having her own special theme song, which blared when she ziplined across West Edmonton Mall’s waterpark with Spider-Man, Global News reported. Social media virtually erupted with praise for SpiderMable, with everyone from the prime minister to Spider-Man himself saluting the 6-year-old’s tenacity in rescuing Ference, who was found bound with rope at the Valley Zoo.
At one point, even Oiler defenceman Connor McDavid sprang into action to support SpiderMable and find his team captain. McDavid noted that his participation in the event was an incredibly positive experience.
“Any time you can do something like this for someone like Mable it’s very special,” he said. “I didn’t really know what to expect coming here and seeing the crowd and everyone following it… it just gives you a sense of how special someone like Mable is.”
Even Canadian singer Bif Naked was in on the Twitter praise for Canada’s latest superhero, CTV News reported.
— Bif Naked (@bifnaked) September 28, 2015
Needless to say, the daylong adventure fighting crime across Alberta’s capital city was one that likely brought a smile to SpiderMable’s face that won’t disappear anytime soon. As thanks for rescuing their team captain, SpiderMable has also been invited to drop the puck at center ice during the Edmonton Oilers’ game against the Phoenix Coyotes on September 29.
[Photo courtesy of Yahoo Canada]