Akron-- Not everyone in Hudson has been able to hang out with real life super heroes.
However, on Sept. 24 during the Akron Marathon in downtown Akron, a group from Hudson was able to spend several hours with not just one, but two heroes, sisters Makenzie and Kendal Yovanovich from Akron.
The sisters are patients at Akron Children's Hospital, which is the main beneficiary of marathon funds and were nominated as helping heroes by members of the Pediatric Palliative Care Family Fund.
The girls were not at the marathon to fight crime, but as designated Hero Zone cheer leaders for the PPC Family Fund group's marathon sponsored team.
Makenzie has a rare form of muscular dystrophy and Kendal has a connective tissue disorder and are members of Dance Unlimited -- a dance program at Akron Children's Hospital which has dancers with all ability levels, Locke added.
"The children have so much fun, they don't even realize it's a form of therapy," according to Kathi Gorman, vice president of PPC Family Fund.
In order to have a designated Hero Zone, teams must raised $10,000 in donations, according to Sue Locke, president of the Pediatric Palliative Care Family Support Fund.
"When we heard that the hospital was looking for Hero Zone sponsors, we knew we had to be a sponsor," according to Locke. "Our logo, Pal, represents every boy and girl that is in need of palliative care and these children are superheroes to us,"
Palliative care is medical care and support for children with a chronic, complex or life threatening illness. Support may include physical, social, spiritual and psychological care.
More than 17 patient heroes from Akron Children's Hospital lined the race route.
"The most exciting benefit to sponsoring a hero zone was to nominate and honor a patient to join us at our Hero Zone location the day of the marathon," Gorman said.
The day of the race Makenzie and Kendal were on hand high-fiving the runners for 3 1/2 hours as they passed the PPC Family Fund Hero Zone, Locke said, calling the girls sweet and enthusiastic.
"What really choked us up were the people across the street, who would cross to high -give with these girls," Locke said. "It was amazing and such an amazing day for us and for the girls."
Locke said all the money raised goes directly to the hospital.
"This opportunity wouldn't have been possible without the generosity of so many - Tim Forkin of CBC National Bank, Hudson Kiwanis, Hudson Preschool Parents, the Lamb Family of Akron, and so many other friends in Hudson. We are truly humbled and appreciative by their support," said Locke.
According to Locke, funds were also raised by a guest bartending event the Varsity Club and Diane Rafferty and the Burton D. Morgan Employee Matching Grant Program
For additional information visit the PPC Family Fund Facebook page.