Heroes large and small gathered in Cupertino for the 5th Annual Heroes Run, benefitting Valley Medical Center’s Pediatric Unit.
“This is so exciting; it’s great to see all the kids here,” said County Sheriff Laurie Smith. “We do this run with Valley Medical Center and with the County Fire Department. It benefits the pediatric unit at Valley Medical Center, and it’s a lot of fun. The city loves it, and all the kids in their costumes — and all the adults take the race really seriously!”
“We’ve got a DJ, go-kart track, and obstacle course — this event gets bigger and better every year,” adds Chris Wilder, CEO of the Valley Medical Center Foundation, one of the event’s sponsors. “And that’s because people really believe in the cause, and that is raising money for the pediatric center and the children served by that pediatric center at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center hospital and clinics.”
Lots of heroes
More than 1,000 people participated in this year’s race, raising over $50,000.
“I’m really happy to be here at Heroes Run number 5,” said Dr. Stephen Harris, head of pediatrics at VMC, who was accompanied by his dog, Hunter. “This run supports my department, which takes care of kids in our community — kids who are sick, kids who have been injured, kids who have special needs. I can’t tell you how appreciative we are that the community comes together like this for such an important cause.”
Combining a competitive 5K race with games, costumes, and a kids’ fun run, the Heroes Run is a family-friendly event, enjoyed by local residents like Helen Halley, who came out with her husband and their young daughter, Claire. “My daughter already had her Supergirl costume, so this was an excuse to get one for me,” she laughs. “We’re just glad to support our local community.”
Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman all made appearances, but the real superheroes were all those who came out to support Valley Medical Center’s Pediatrics Department.
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