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Here you come to save the day!
Fortunately, the Superheroes Rally Against Cancer on Saturday makes heroism easy: Take your little ones to meet Batman, Spiderman, Iron Man and seven others, and you’ll be helping five local kids battle cancer at the same time.
The fundraiser in Mechanicsville features attractions for adults as well, including performances by The Sam Grow Band, Justin Crenshaw and Calvert County Elvis. So that all ages can have fun, the littlest kids, who might find the Dark Knight intimidating, can pal around with Elmo, Spongebob Squarepants, and Mickey and Minnie Mouse.
A moon bounce, cotton candy, face painting, a silent auction, free comic books and other vendors round out the attractions, said Kathy Browne of Charlotte Hall, the mother of one of the beneficiaries, and Mike Koslofsky, owner of Superheroes of Southern Maryland.
“We are super excited about this. This is awesome,” said Koslofsky, whose Lusby company sends costumed superheroes to children’s birthday parties and other events. The company frequently does benefits for local causes, he said, and was inspired to do the rally after attending other fundraisers for the sick children.
He hopes to make the rally an annual event, he said.
“The hope is that next year, three of these children have beaten [cancer], and we can add more,” he said.
That outcome would be welcome to Browne, whose daughter, Kayla Kiley, 14, is fighting her third bout with cancer. This time, it’s leukemia, which was caused by the radiation treatment Kayla received for a brain tumor, Browne said. The girl was originally diagnosed with lymphoma seven years ago.
“You never get immune to being told your child has cancer, I can tell you that,” Browne said.
Besides Kayla, the rally will raise money for Gianna Cartagena, 1, of Mechanicsville; Adam Lumpkins, 6, of Newburg; Maddie Major, 8, of La Plata; and Serena Wade, 16, of Mechanicsville.
Join the rally from noon to 4 p.m. May 18 at the social hall of the Mechanicsville firehouse at 28165 Hills Club Road. For more information, email email@example.com.