Story gains new fans, imagination unfolds

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Aaron D'Errico with the head coach Sigi Schmid, the head coach for the Seattle Sounders.
— image credit: Contributed photo

If you think Friday Harbor artist Aaron D’Errico has a powerful story to tell, you’re right.

And now there’s an Emmy to back it up.

Q-13 Fox Sports director Aaron Levine and photographer Walker Anderson were awarded a Northwest Regional Emmy June 7, in the Sports Feature/Segment category, for a broadcast feature about D’Errico, his soccer superhero creation and his relationship with friend and mentor Pat O’Day, legendary DJ, music promoter and former co-owner of the expansion Seattle Sounders.

The segment, entitled “The Power of Imagination,” aired July 7, 2013.

Levine also won a Sports Anchor Emmy for the segment as well, his third such award from the Northwest Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, which represents television and media professionals in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Montana and Washington.

Aaron LevineThe feature highlights D’Errico’s goal to turn challenges into triumphs through a soccer superhero character, “Ammon Walker,” created as part of a Talenthouse art invite sponsored by Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee. D’Errico plans to make digital comic books and, following an artist search through Talenthouse, has hooked up with former islander Addison Ranker, now living in Oregon, to draw Ammon’s story. He hopes to raise as much as $25,000 to bring his digital comic book hero into action.

“My current goal is to raise funds to make motion comics of Ammon’s adventures, especially after Pat offered to narrate them,” said D’Errico, who suffers from cerebral palsy. “Thanks to all who’ve contributed to that, and to Pat O’Day for joining me in this segment.”

D’Errico, who bested a learning disability to learn to read, has been unable to work for the past three years after he was struck by a truck in Friday Harbor.

Not long ago, he attended a Sounders game, spent time with the head coach Sigi Schmid and shared his fundraising plans on Sounders FC Rave TV with host Jackie Montgomery, where he also unveiled his hopes to make an appearance on the Ellen Degeneres Show, via a letter writing campaign, and to be featured on the show’s segment on funding inspiring projects.

“It was a dream come true to see the Sounders in action,” D’Errico said. “They’re great people and a great team too.”


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