Late last year, 8-year-old Danny Sheehan went massively viral when his response to an Aquaman toy warmed hearts around the world. Danny is battling Pineoblastoma, a cancerous and extremely aggressive brain tumor, but he doesn’t let his illness impact his zest for life (or his enthusiasm for his all-time favorite superhero). To honor Danny’s bravery, The Boys and Girls Club of Marshfield recently revealed a mural featuring a couple of their favorite heroes – Aquaman, and Danny himself.
In the video that skyrocketed Danny to fame, the 8-year-old unwraps a gift. The moment he realizes that his favorite action figure is inside, his tangible excitement is contagious. So contagious, in fact, that it spread like wildfire. The video has been viewed millions of times, even by Jason Momoa himself.
The Aquaman actor was touched by the young boy’s bravery and strength, and in typical superhero fashion, Momoa chose to use his powers for good. He called his biggest fan on FaceTime and even sent him an authentic Warner Brothers Aquaman trident. Danny’s poignant story and the strength he draws from Aquaman inspired people around the world, so The Boys and Girls Club of Marshfield immortalized it in a beautiful work of art.
“The Boys & Girls Club of Marshfield unveiled the Aquaman-themed mural and Believe Bench honoring Danny at last night’s Special Meeting,” the 4TheLoveofDanny Facebook group shared. “Thank you to the Club’s Board, Jeff Picard, Kym Waitkus Rossi, and the insanely-talented artist Jack Marcella who made this all possible, to Chief Tavares for his warming speech which had the crowd yelling ‘We Love You Danny’ loud enough so D could hear it at home.”
The heartwarming mural features Aquaman and Danny, dressed identically as if they’d just returned from fighting crime together. Each holds an Aquaman trident, standing tall and proud in the underwater seascape.
“The only thing which topped the bubbly feeling in my heart when they dropped the curtain to reveal Jack’s artwork was the feeling I had seeing other children taking photos in front of the mural,” the Facebook post concluded. “Knowing D’s little superhero face is going to be smiling down on so many for years to come – WOW! So very grateful, lucky, and blessed to live in such a wonderful town.”