Diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2014, Donovan has been extremely brave throughout the treatment process - some would say, brave enough to be a super hero. Referred to Make-A-Wish by a social worker, Donovan wished to be a real superhero and star in his own movie.
Filming in the fall of 2015, Donovan’s superhero alter ego, coined ECHO, fights crime with his voice.
“When he screams really loud, he knocks some people over,” Donovan happily shared.
Donovan spent lots of time perfecting his role, co-writing, producing, and starring in his film. Many community members came out to support Donovan as extras in his movie, a portion of which was shot in the Chicago Board of Trade courtyard.
The Chicago film community teamed with Make-A-Wish to create an amazing experience, with professionals involved in every aspect of the production. Donovan enjoyed his own trailer on set, was constantly attended to by make-up and wardrobe crew and made friends with the many lighting, sound and other production team members. Filming “Legend of Echo” was a unique and creative experience for the whole family to enjoy.
Donovan’s mother, Searcy, who also played a role in the film shared that this experience is something her family will never forget. “He just had his last chemo on Friday, so we're praying that this is the last one and this is just like a celebration for him. And we're praying that we are through this,” Searcy said.
Just before Christmas, Donovan and his family attended the exclusive world premiere at Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse just off of North Michigan Avenue.
The film was produced by Stacey Nuzbach and Jane Williamson and directed by Justin Hayward.
See the full film of The Legend of ECHO below.