Oct 30, 2014 4:39 PM
A six-year-old boy from Salem that inspired a new Marvel superhero is now featured in a comic book that will be distributed to thousands of teachers and students.
Anthony D'Allesandro is also known as Blue Ear, a superhero that among his many qualities has hearing loss.
After saying he didn't want to wear his blue hearing aid "because superhero's don't wear hearing aids," his Mother Christina D'Allesandro went to work.
She contacted Marvel and asked if there was anything they could do. An artist sent along a poster of Blue Ear and not long after requests came in from around the world for Blue Ear to be featured in a comic book.
Marvel teamed up with The Children's Hearing Institute to create the first edition and this week, 150,000 copies of Sound Effects will be handed out in classrooms in New York.
D'Allesandro said there's a need for positive role models and a comic book is a great way to teach kids valuable lessons about hearing loss and more.
D'Allesandro wants people to contact The Children's Hearing Institute via Facebook or phone in a push to make the comic available to families around the world.
The Children's Hearing Institute
380 Second Avenue - 9th Floor,
New York, NY 10010
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