Meet our 2016 heroes

Fighting an illness takes courage, strength and hope - it takes a superhero. We want to introduce you to patients from Akron Children's Hospital who have a unique story to tell. These children are our real-life superheroes, and we are proud to celebrate their victories. These young patient heroes will be highlighted in specially designated 'Hero Zones' stretches of the 2016 Akron Children's Hospital Akron Marathon Race Series presented by FirstEnergy.

Artistic Ellie

KNOWN IN REAL LIFE AS:

Ellie Spicocchi

SUPERPOWER:

Making things beautiful

DIAGNOSIS:

Bronchopulmonary dysplasia

The Engineer

KNOWN IN REAL LIFE AS:

Enzo Spicocchi

SUPERPOWER:

Fixing things

DIAGNOSIS:

Bronchopulmonary dysplasia

Little Miss Giggles

KNOWN IN REAL LIFE AS:

Gia Spicocchi

SUPERPOWER:

Making people smile

DIAGNOSIS:

Bronchopulmonary dysplasia

Spy-lah

KNOWN IN REAL LIFE AS:

Ilah Spicocchi

SUPERPOWER:

Solving mysteries

DIAGNOSIS:

Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome

Powerful Paige

KNOWN IN REAL LIFE AS:

Paige Spicocchi

SUPERPOWER:

Overcoming challenges

DIAGNOSIS:

Bronchopulmonary dysplasia

Super Warrior

KNOWN IN REAL LIFE AS:

Charlee Pryor

SUPERPOWER:

Ability to Overcome Obstacles

DIAGNOSIS:

Preterm Twin

Mighty Miracle

KNOWN IN REAL LIFE AS:

Lennix Pryor

SUPERPOWER:

Ability to Overcome Anything

DIAGNOSIS:

Preterm Twin

Wild Man

KNOWN IN REAL LIFE AS:

Sam Plant

SUPERPOWER:

Curiosity and Charm

DIAGNOSIS:

Nut Allergy

Memory Maker

KNOWN IN REAL LIFE AS:

Bekah Plant

SUPERPOWER:

Mind-Bending Memory

DIAGNOSIS:

Congenital Heart Defect, Duane Syndrome

Bubbles

KNOWN IN REAL LIFE AS:

Emily Kungli

SUPERPOWER:

Making Bubbles

DIAGNOSIS:

Encephalitis

Amazing Austin

KNOWN IN REAL LIFE AS:

Austin Rupp

SUPERPOWER:

To Be Unbreakable

DIAGNOSIS:

Osteogenesis Imperfecta

J-Carrie

KNOWN IN REAL LIFE AS:

Jordan Epps

SUPERPOWER:

Super Strength

DIAGNOSIS:

Sickle Cell Disease

Captain Cobra

KNOWN IN REAL LIFE AS:

Caleb Thurman

SUPERPOWER:

Super Strength

DIAGNOSIS:

Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, Crohn's Disease and Psoriasis

Lightning

KNOWN IN REAL LIFE AS:

Luke Holko

SUPERPOWER:

Lightning-Quick Speed

DIAGNOSIS:

Traumatic Brain Injury

Kicks

KNOWN IN REAL LIFE AS:

Colin Burdette

SUPERPOWER:

Super Strength, Speed and Agility

DIAGNOSIS:

Concussion, Facial Trauma and Broken Bones

The Determinator

KNOWN IN REAL LIFE AS:

Jordan Pollock

SUPERPOWER:

Speed

DIAGNOSIS:

Spina Bifida

Mak Attack

KNOWN IN REAL LIFE AS:

Makenzie Yovanovich

SUPERPOWER:

Flying

DIAGNOSIS:

Muscular Dystrophy

Cancer Crusher

KNOWN IN REAL LIFE AS:

Jackie Custer

SUPERPOWER:

Healing

DIAGNOSIS:

Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

Stretch

KNOWN IN REAL LIFE AS:

Kendal Yovanovich

SUPERPOWER:

Time Travel

DIAGNOSIS:

Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome

Pavement Pounder

KNOWN IN REAL LIFE AS:

Caroline Mizer

SUPERPOWER:

Healing

DIAGNOSIS:

Optic Nerve Tumors