People everywhere have paid tribute to the 7-year-old known as "Mr. Awesome."
By: Legacy Staff
4 years ago
During his short lifetime, Calder Sloan and his irrepressible joy had a huge impact on those who knew him. Now after his death, people everywhere are paying tribute to the 7-year-old known affectionately as "Mr. Awesome."
On April 13, 2014, Calder was swimming with his brother in the pool at his family's home in Florida when he was electrocuted and died. Investigators suspect a faulty light was the source of the fatal shock. His mother, Carla, composed a touching remembrance for Calder, capturing his spirit for those who did not have the good fortune of meeting him. As his story spread across social media, so did the image of "Mr. Awesome," Calder’s self-portrait.
The drawing has turned up in the hands of people like U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, Miami Heat star Chris Bosh, Major League Baseball’s Alex Rodriguez, and the team at the television show “Suelta La Sopa” on Telemundo. A giant and brilliantly illuminated Mr. Awesome even made an appearance on the outside of the American Airlines Arena in Miami. The Today Show picked up the story of Calder's life and how he continues to touch the lives of others.
Calder's parents are not surprised that their son has inspired so many. His father told the Today Show, "That's all Calder's doing. He had that power."