Superheroes Help Grant Wishes

JOSEPH RAVITS | THE SPECTRUM Throngs of people lined up Saturday morning in Lindenwood Park for the Wish Fast races.
JOSEPH RAVITS | THE SPECTRUM
Throngs of people lined up Saturday morning in Lindenwood Park for the Wish Fast races.

The Wish Fast: Superhero’s second annual 3k and 5k walk and run, benefiting the North Dakota Make-A-Wish foundation, finished in Lindenwood Park Saturday.

The foundation grants wishes to sick children in need. Event coordinator Nick Vculek, employee at the Sanford Emergency Room in Fargo, said the event is for all the heroic children.

All race attendees wore superhero costumes during the races. Vculek thought a superhero theme would fit perfectly for the event.

“I love superheroes,” Vculek said. “They inspire us to be better. … Hearing about negative stories in the media really is a trending thing right now, but if we can instill good morals and characteristics on the kids, we can create a future where they become their role models.”

All the money raised during the event helped grant about 40 wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions in North Dakota.

Vculek said one child wishes to take a trip to Disney Land but may still need to be hooked up to some sort of machine for their health.

JOSEPH RAVITS | THE SPECTRUM Parents and children alike dressed as superheroes Saturday morning to celebrate race day and, coincidently, National Comic Book Day.
JOSEPH RAVITS | THE SPECTRUM
Parents and children alike dressed as superheroes Saturday morning to celebrate race day and, coincidently, National Comic Book Day.

“Some of the Wish Kids may get (their) wishes granted, but still need to be hooked up to their medications …” Vculek said. “But they smile and make the memories some might take for granted.”

Last year, Vculek pitched the event to a communication class for a grade. The idea stuck with him after.

Miles Scott, better known as Batkid, is a cancer survivor and wished to be Batman’s sidekick last year. Thousands rallied to turn San Francisco, Calif., into “Gotham City.”

After Vculek heard about this event out west, it dawned on him that he could also create an event to help out children around North Dakota.

Vculek, a former North Dakota State student, said that same class helped with the event this year.

The event received support from NDSU, the Fargo Marathon, Paradox Comics, Cargill and Radio FM Media.

“The reason why I believe this is important to NDSU is because it’s about community,” Vculek said. “It’s about showing support to not only your fellow classmates, friends or family, but for the Make-A-Wish children of North Dakota that have proven to be strong in spirit, body and mind.”

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