CROWN POINT | Children bravely batting cancer and their families are life’s real superheroes, Tim Fealy, organizer of Saturday’s Kids in Capes Fun Walk/Run said.
“Most kids think of the superheroes they see in the movies or on television,” Fealy, of Hometown Happenings, said. “But, for us, they are little kids fighting cancer who show more strength and courage than any superhero. This event celebrates that strength and courage.”
Those real-life superheroes will be taking over the Lake County Fairgrounds at 4 p.m. when Hometown Happenings hosts “Kids in Capes,” a benefit for the Northwest Indiana Cancer Kids (NICK) Foundation.
Unlike other charitable walks, this event allows the young superheroes who participate to fight villains along the course, Fealy said. There are also challenges and obstacles along the way for them to test their skills.
One course highlight is a “mad scientist” lab courtesy of the Amhurst Asylum haunted house attraction in Valparaiso, Fealy said. After completing their tasks and battling the villains, the superheroes will return back to the pavilion, which for the day, will be transformed into the “Hall of Heroes,” where participants can meet and greet and be photographed with their favorite comic book superheroes courtesy of Costumers with a Cause.
HGS Music and DJ Donnie will provide live music and entertainment, there will be vendors and Whole Foods and Carriage Court Pizza will be providing light snacks.
“Like any superhero film, our event concludes with the superheroes being thanked for their efforts by a city or government official,” Fealy said. “State Representative Hal Slager, Lake County Commissioner Gerry Scheub, Lake County Councilwoman Christine Cid and Hobart Mayor Brian Snedecor will be among the officials congratulating our young heroes for their efforts in helping to fight childhood cancer.”
Through September 13th, registration is $15 for adults and $10 for children ages 12 and under. A limited number of cotton shirts may be available at the event. Event day registration is $25 for all ages. For further information or to register online, visit www.HometownHappenings.net.
This event coincides with National Childhood Cancer Awareness month. Donna Criner of the NICK Foundation said.
“The Month is September, the color is gold, please remember, recognize and show your support," Criner said.
NICK Foundation offers financial assistance to families who have children with cancer, providing home cleaning during long hospital stays and assisting with travel arrangements should treatment choices take the family to another state. Since the beginning of the year, 13 new local families have been added to those the NICK Foundation assists. Since May, 2012, nine area children have lost their battle to cancer.