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Seven-Year-Old Inspiration For Comic Book Dies

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By Elliott Francis

A first grader from Maryland whose battle with brain cancer inspired a comic book has died.

Dominic Osorio died Friday at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center. The seven-year-old was diagnosed with cancer back in 2007 and has been hospitalized for the past two months. Dominic's mother, Nicole Spagna, had created the story featuring a superhero, to help her son through cancer treatments.

Then the owner of a local pizza parlor turned the story into a children's comic book using $9,000 of his money to publish copies of the book. The book, called "The Dominator," has sold more than 1,000 issues since it was published in August. Proceeds from sales benefit children's cancer research.

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