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San Diego Comic-Con sends critically injured Navy sailor to convention

Posted at 5:29 PM, Jul 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-19 21:16:26-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - For comic, movie, and science-fiction fanatics, getting to Comic-Con is a dream come true.

For one San Diego military family, it was extra special because experiencing it as a family was never guaranteed.

"I actually brought Mason and Annabelle when he was on deployment to Syria, and he was kind of bummed he wasn't coming," said Lindsey Stacy, referring to her husband Kenton.

It was on that deployment when Kenton, a Navy EOD Tech, was critically injured by an improvised explosive device (IED).

He was given just a two percent chance of survival but ultimately overcame the odds.

"He's just made so many miraculous recoveries, and I'm praying there's more to come," said Lindsey.

While Kenton's story has inspired thousands around the world, few know of his love for all things cartoons and superheroes. Their firstborn Logan was named after X-Men's Wolverine.

"I always said he's this big tough guy but he's like a comic book and Star Wars nerd underneath!"

So Lindsey put out the call for help to bring Kenton to Comic-Con.

"People were just so willing to help make this dream come true for Kenton," she said.

Both Comic-Con International and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund stepped up to provide the family and Kenton's caregivers with four-day badges.

The convention says it's dedicated to serving people of all abilities; providing a rest area, loaning out wheelchairs, and providing volunteer sign language interpreters for deaf guests.

"Things are different now, and we can't be out as long, and we just tailor it to his needs, but we're just so happy to be here and have him home with us and be able to actually just reintegrate our lives back together again," said Lindsey.

"I would say to us, he's our superhero."