Hero Behind the Mask: Rafael ” Captain” Pedragon

This weeks feature is about a man with a positive attitude. His goal is to be a positive role model and I feel this man has achieved this! His Facebook page is full of positive messages.  If you are ever down just stop by to check out his words of wisdom.  This man is busy with charity events showing his drive to achieve his goal and how much he cares about his community.  I would like to introduce you to man whose long time love for Capitan America has influences and shaped him for the better.  –Mala

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Name: Rafael ” Captain” Pedragon

Location: New Jersey USA

What got you into CAUSEplaying?
While I was growing up, I always wanted to be a hero. My mother encouraged me to be and become whatever I wanted. She always motivated in doing not only great by the right thing. My pushed and educated me in being a good and giving person. I was part of groups when I was younger like 4-H club ( charities for the environment) and Serve America ( events for veterans) . I grew up loving Marvel heroes Like Captain America, The Avengers and the X-men. Those groups and characters always strive to do what was right and just. I tried for a long time to get the right costume to start . I always loved Captain America so that was my costume I made the best effort to have made to do CAUSEplaying with.

What keeps you CAUSEplaying?
My mother and loved ones. While I was growing up, I always wanted to be a hero. My mother encouraged me to be and become whatever I wanted. She always motivated in doing not only great by the right thing. My pushed and educated me in being a good and giving person. My mom was and is Supermom. My mother was supportive, and never laughed at my hobbies, interests or friends. Instead she, helped me follow my dreams by providing support, encouragement and the opportunity to do so. My mother was very patient with me growing up and still till this day supports what I do. My mother takes a lot of interest now in what I do. My mother and my wife fully support what I do and always give me positive feedback on the things I do for others. My wife and mother respect me and show that by bragging about the things I do while CAUSEplaying. The children and the people also keep me going. Those who love and appreciate what I do keep me doing it. They keep me believing so that keeps me motivated in doing more events.

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What was your first CAUSEplay event?
October 1st 2011 Heroes for Hayley was my first official event in my Captain America costume was per a CAUSEplay event

What is your favorite costume to wear while CAUSEplaying, and Why?
I love Captain America . What he stands for and what his morals are. I grew up loving Marvel heroes Like Captain America, The Avengers and the X-men. Those groups and characters always strive to do what was right and just. I tried for a long time to get the right costume to start . I always loved Captain America so that was my costume I made the best effort to have made to do CAUSEplaying with. I still spend a lot of time and money having upgrading and making different version of Cap to use for events and Charity events.

Most memorable CAUSEplay moment : Christopher Norris. A child with Autism who lives in CT. I did an Autism walk and he approached me with a map. Christopher explained the map to me as he wanted to help me protect the people so he made a map of where the bad guys are. I walked with this child and go to know him through the years. His father keeps in touch with me telling me how Christopher gets more and more out going. When I see Christopher , he usually is open to giving me hugs and speaks to me about things on his mind . Children with Autism don’t usually do these things with those who aren’t family. Christopher Norris Jr motivates me to be a better person. He is a good boy and makes a lot of people proud.

What is your favorite cause to support?
Ones that either involve children or Veterans. Those are my top two types of causes . Ones for children and Veterans.
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The silliest/strangest thing you have done for a cause?
While in my Cap costume put on a whole bomb suit for the Ronald McDonald house. With My own costume on I had a whole bomb suit on top of that. It was very hot.

Who inspires you?
My mother and my wife. They always motivate me and inspire me to do and be better. My friends also inspire me with the great things they do for others in and out of costume. My friends who also CAUSEplay inspire me to do more events all the time when I have time.

Advice for CAUSEplaying: Do it. Do not let people hold you back from doing something amazing for others. Do not let anyone hold you back from being kind because they think either you cant, aren’t good enough or other wise. Just do it and do good things often in and out of costume.

What CAUSEplay events do you have coming up?
As of right now I don’t know. A lot of times I get last minute calls for events either to do charities or appearances for people. I usually post it on the East Coast Avengers page ad my Cap America ECA page.

Do you prefer to be called a cosplayer or costumer?
Does it matter? A lot of people make a big deal out of it cause they either don’t do anime characters or only comic characters. The thing is I like anime and love reading comics but I get in costumes for both. I have done costumes for video games, anime and comics. I plan to do more so really doesn’t matter.

What was your first costume/cosplay?
Angeal from Crisis core. My first costume when I was a kid though was I was a US Soldier. My mother said I always wanted to be a soldier or a hero she said.
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What is your day job (a.k.a. how I pay for my expensive hobby)?
Supervisor for one of the largest privately held security, investigative, and background screening services firms in the United States.

If you could have any job what would it be and why?
Travel the USA in a  Captain America costume motivating kids and parents to be good and better people . Pretty much a motivational speaker in a costume. I think that would be a dream job for me. Doing that till the day I retire and hope my children continue on with what I was doing. A man can dream.

Tell us something random about yourself: I was the nerdy weak kid who used  to get beat up and called names for being small and dorky. I have a BA in communications and an MBA in business from a private school in Massachusetts.
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Star Wars or Star Trek: Star Trek

Marvel or DC: MARVEL !

Favorite Comic Series: its Between Captain America (classic) and the Exiles ( Reality jumping team) .

Favorite Comic Character: Captain America ( Steve Rogers) and Mimic( Classic and Exiles).

Favorite Book: Mice and Men

Favorite Video Game: Marvel Heroes 2015

Favorite Convention: NYCC

Affiliations (clubs or groups): East Coast Avengers

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CapAmericaECA

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