Heroes Run in Cupertino
On a beautiful Fall morning in Cupertino, superheroes of all shapes, sizes and superpowers gathered in support of one great event –the annual Heroes Run sponsored by the Valley Medical Foundation and the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department.
“This is a wonderful event that raises awareness and dollars for Santa Clara County’s Pediatric Department, so we can take care of all the kids who need medical care. This is our 4th year and by far our biggest year ever,” said Valley Medical Center Foundation Executive Director Chris Wilder, who was dressed in a Gingerbread Man costume.
From an idea to reality
The event was the idea of an inspired Sheriff’s Deputy, Jeremy Jones. He is a former professional football player who wanted to do something for the children he visited at Valley Medical Center (VMC).
“He was working a beat near Valley Medical Center, went to the intensive care unit and talked to a lot of the children there, and he decided he wanted to help raise money,” said Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith.
Jones said his heart goes out to the children who are hospitalized because they’re fighting serious health issues. “They’re the real heroes because they’re doing it with a smile on their face.”
Fun run for all
Participants in the Heroes Run were cheered on by NBC Bay Area’s Robert Handa, who was the master of ceremonies for the event, which draws support from around the County. Santa Clara County Supervisors Cindy Chavez and Ken Yeager also attended to shed light on the important role Valley Medical Center plays as the County’s primary health safety net.
And a fun run for a great cause is a good way to get the message across.
“This year we had over one thousand registrants, and it’s something we couldn’t have imagined,” said Jones. “The first year we had 250, and now we’re able to help the pediatric unit and VMC. We raised close to $100,000 on this event.”