Sharing of Mr. Awesome's spirit continues: Athletes, politicians, babies and others join in
Power of social media turns boy's tragedy into joyful legacy
MIAMI – A self-portrait that a boy -- known as Mr. Awesome -- drew before his tragic death was on display at the AmericanAirlines arena in downtown Miami and continued to circulate on social media Wednesday.
Carla Kaufman and Chris Sloan lost their son Calder Jacob Sloan 7 days after his 7th birthday. On Wednesday, they were finding comfort on the expanding tribute.
The Lehrman Community Day School first-grader was swimming in his family's pool when high voltage coming from a pool light launched him up. He died of electrocution April 13.
After family friend Jim Cahill began a social media campaign with a self-portrait he drew about five months ago, a politician, journalists, celebrities and a Miami Heat player spread the message. Mr. Awesome was all about adventure, laughter and kindness.
Calder's services were at Temple Beth Shalom in Miami Beach Friday. In the family's legacy profile, his mom remembered a soccer game when she asked him to be aggressive with an opponent.
"When you see him coming just stop the ball, and he will roll right over it," she said.
She remembers his look of "slight disbelief." Calder was not doing that.
"Mom, if I do that he could get hurt," he said. "I don't like that idea."
His mom said she took her seat "on the shame bench." Her son had taught her a lesson she will never forget.
Calder's family and friends are determined to turn the tragedy into a positive legacy. They want other home owners to remain extra cautious of safety in their pools. They also set up a foundation in their son's name.
A family friend asked his Facebook community to take Calder's self-portrait on adventures, and now the One and Only Local 10 News is asking you to join in. Has your family taken Mr. Awesome on an adventure yet? Have you shared Mr. Awesome spirit?