We’d like to you to take the time to meet one of our Costumers With A Cause Board Directors and Central Florida Admin, Chadley Tango! We asked Chadley a couple of question to help you to get to know him a little better, some fun questions as well as some serious ones. And this is what he had to say:
How did you first hear of CWC and do you recall what your first event was? If so, what was it?
When I first got interested in charity events, I was completely unaware of organizations involved in such things. I thought it was an individual endeavor. But a friend suggested a group called “Costumers with a Cause.” They had a Facebook page, so I joined and saw all the awesome events and efforts they were involved with. It was a blessing that I landed in the right place. Since then I have had the best experiences I could ever ask for. And I hope at the same time, I’m offering whatever I can to make the kiddos happy. My first CWC event was a charity walk in January 2015 for ALS. It took place in Orlando, FL. It was my first taste of outdoor group events. And BOY, was I nervous. But thanks to the great volunteers and the other CWC members, it made the best impression.
Imagine you’re on a deserted island, all alone. Somehow you have all the tools and materials needed to make whatever you want to make to either get off the island or to make your life there better. What would you make, and why?
Well, once the rum is gone… then I’ll get right on to building an awesome jet pack. I’ve always loved “The Rocketeer” and wanted to try that kind of flying. Plus the costume is pretty wicked! 😉
On a more serious note, are there any special causes that touch you a more personal way, that you’d care to share with us or, is there a cause, disease, disability that you’d like us to do more with our be more aware of?
One of the main motivations of pursuing superhero charity is because of my sister, Elisa. She was diagnosed with leukemia when she was 3. My mom and dad were devastated but they stayed strong and so did my sister. After a few close calls, she beat it. However, it left her immune system a little weaker than a normal person. She carried her experience with her and now she is a child life specialist and the director of volunteers/ events at Joe DiMaggio’s Children’s Hospital in Ft. Lauderdale. I am so very proud of her and she has become my hero. She has told me many stories of the kids and what their passions are. I get inspired every time. She treats children with all different types of illnesses and disabilities so I’m not really keen on one particular disease to focus attention towards, but I figure leukemia was what started it all.
What is your favorite character to cosplay? When was the first time you cosplayed that character and did the experience go as planned?
My favorite is Cap. Captain America is an icon to me and stands for many things that I believe in. The first time I cosplayed Cap was at the ALS charity walk in January 2015. It was my favorite suit (still is) from the Winter Soldier movie. First time wearing it out got me nervous about moving around and such. But, it turned out great. The only drawback about that suit is that it doesn’t breathe very well. So even when the weather was a cool 73 degrees, I was still working up a sweat. Phew!
How would you describe yourself?
Fun going. Energetic. Polite. A simple Joe who prefers to live in the moment because no one ever knows what will happen tomorrow.
If you had the power to cure one disease/disability/illness, what would it be, and why?
That is a tough one. So many out there. I would probably choose to cure PTSD. I would want all of our soldiers to come home and never bring the horror they’ve endured with them. It seems like a life sentence of torture and sadly, many don’t want to live through it. Those men and women deserve to live their lives of peace and harmony.
If you could create your own superhero, well, let’s say you can! Tell us about them!
I don’t know if my hero would want to be born with abilities (X-men, etc.) or them by accident (Spider-man, etc.), but they would be a speaker of every single language on Earth. They would have Hulk strength (not his rage). They could fly (because, who doesn’t want to fly?) and swim the deepest depths without harm (majority of Earth is covered in it). I would also want them to be smart. Not genius level smart, but strategically smart (like Batman). They would live a secret identity life. No one would know who it was or what they do. They just appear whenever help is needed. Sounds like a lot of similar heroes. I guess I’m old school like that. 😉
How did you get into costuming and cosplay?
I’ve always seen it at conventions but never thought about it. I was a heavy set guy and didn’t want to embarrass myself around strangers. Then one day, I figured “if I wear a mask, no one will see my face and I’ll be OK”. So I chose Cyclops from the X-men. He was mostly covered up (with a hood on). And I walked around a convention and to my surprise, people were very complimentary! I was in shock. The cosplay community was a very welcoming place and I got hooked since then.
What are your biggest pet peeves?
Disrespect. I choose to be polite at every encounter. Even if I know someone to be a jerk, I offer the first polite gesture. If I don’t feel the same in return, it turns me off. Don’t be a jerk. “Be Excellent to Each Other!”
Tell us about someone who would make you starstruck or “fan boy” if you got to spend some time with them. What would you want them to know about you and what would you ask them?
A young boy approached me at a little event at a comic store. I was Green Arrow. He talked to me for a while and I told him all about my arrows and outfit. He wanted to join my team. I asked him what his favorite color was. He said Blue. I then “knighted” him with my arrow and called him Blue Arrow. He was beside himself. It was great. Then, as I walked out to the car, he called out to me and came over with a paper. He said he made this for me. It was a simple scribble drawing in blue of us as a team. I cherish it and I have it pinned up on my wall. It will always remind me of the impressions we can leave on these young minds and innocent souls.
Thank you so much for all you do with Costumers With a Cause, Chadley!