Meet our 2017 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 2017 First Energy Akron Marathon, Half Marathon, & Team Relay, which is the final event in the Akron Children's Hospital Akron Marathon Race Series.

Big Red

KNOWN IN REAL LIFE AS:

Keegan Lind

SUPERPOWER:

Flying

DIAGNOSIS:

Stevens-Johnson Syndrome

Zak Attack

KNOWN IN REAL LIFE AS:

Zak Ostapowicz

SUPERPOWER:

Determination

DIAGNOSIS:

Several Concussions

Story Teller

KNOWN IN REAL LIFE AS:

Matt Tullis

SUPERPOWER:

Keeping the Memories of Others Alive Through Stories

DIAGNOSIS:

Acute Lymphoma Leukemia (ALL)

Elsa

KNOWN IN REAL LIFE AS:

Abby Mogen

SUPERPOWER:

Turning Things to Ice

DIAGNOSIS:

Cleft Lip & Palate

MARATHON MILE:

2.5

Super Jos

KNOWN IN REAL LIFE AS:

Josie Greco

SUPERPOWER:

Bravery

DIAGNOSIS:

Cerebral Palsy (CP)

MARATHON MILE:

4.5

Going for Gold

KNOWN IN REAL LIFE AS:

Elijah Harper

SUPERPOWER:

Super Strength

DIAGNOSIS:

Medulloblastoma

MARATHON MILE:

6

Rocky

KNOWN IN REAL LIFE AS:

Spencer Beal

SUPERPOWER:

The Earth

DIAGNOSIS:

Achondroplasia

MARATHON MILE:

7

Titanium Tanner

KNOWN IN REAL LIFE AS:

Tanner Ross

SUPERPOWER:

Strength

DIAGNOSIS:

Neurofibromatosis (NF)

MARATHON MILE:

9

Mega T

KNOWN IN REAL LIFE AS:

Ethan Herald

SUPERPOWER:

The Trombone

DIAGNOSIS:

Tourette Syndrome

MARATHON MILE:

9.5

Spitfire Spinner

KNOWN IN REAL LIFE AS:

Elizabeth Elder

SUPERPOWER:

Flag Twirling

DIAGNOSIS:

Stroke in Utero

MARATHON MILE:

10.5

Sleeping Beauty

KNOWN IN REAL LIFE AS:

Chaniya Jackson

SUPERPOWER:

Humor

DIAGNOSIS:

Down Syndrome

MARATHON MILE:

11

Super E, Just Being Me

KNOWN IN REAL LIFE AS:

Elise Bonsky

SUPERPOWER:

Flying

DIAGNOSIS:

Alexander Disease

MARATHON MILE:

12.5

Madd Dog

KNOWN IN REAL LIFE AS:

Maddux Maple

SUPERPOWER:

Invisibility

DIAGNOSIS:

Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL)

MARATHON MILE:

17.5

Under Dog

KNOWN IN REAL LIFE AS:

Jack Lehman

SUPERPOWER:

Canine Power

DIAGNOSIS:

Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis (ADEM)

MARATHON MILE:

21

Sonica

KNOWN IN REAL LIFE AS:

Bella Bevilacqua

SUPERPOWER:

Strength, Speed, Invisibility & Flying

DIAGNOSIS:

Immunodeficiency

MARATHON MILE:

25.5

Flash

KNOWN IN REAL LIFE AS:

Sophia Bevilacqua

SUPERPOWER:

X-Ray Vision, Invisibility & Flying

DIAGNOSIS:

Cerebral Palsy

MARATHON MILE:

25.5