A 10-year-old boy from the south suburbs saw his dream realized Saturday as he got the chance to star as a superhero in his very own film.
Donovan Lewis, of Richton Park, was diagnosed with Glioblastoma, a type of cancerous brain tumor that made him eligible to participate in the Make-A-Wish program. Donovan's wish was to act in a superhero film, but that's not all he did. He also created the film, called "Legend of Echo," and served as co-writer, producer and star.
The movie was filmed at the Chicago Board of Trade Courtyard on Saturday with a crowd of people who volunteered to be extras and help out with the film.
The superpower of Echo the Ninja, the title character played by Donovan, is his voice.
"When he screams really loud, he knocks some people over," Donovan said.
Donovan has been battling a brain tumor all year, but on Saturday he was was thanked by the mayor (played by his father) for saving the city. His mother also played a role in the film, and she says the experience will be something she and her son will never forget.
"He just had his last chemo on Friday, so we're praying that this is the last one and this is just like a celebration for him. And we're praying that we are through this," Searcy Lewis, Donovan's mother, said.
As Donovan and mother wait to hear good news from his doctors in just a few weeks, the family also has something else to look forward to as the "Legend of Echo" prepares to make its premiere.