Superheroes Raise Money for a Cystic Fibrosis

Joe LePage, his wife Merisa LePage and their daughter Sasha LePage pose for a picture in their costumes at the first annual Superhero Takeover at Ciociaro Club on Oct. 19. [Photo by // Bobby-Jo Keats]

by Bobby-Jo Keats
The Lance – News Intern

Superheros have taken over Windsor.

The first annual Superhero Takeover fundraising event for Cystic Fibrosis Canada took place at the Ciociaro Club Oct. 19.

Adults and children donned their favorite superhero costumes in an effort to increase awareness for Cystic Fibrosis and raise funds to find a cure for the disorder. Children were applauded as they entered the room which was filled with bouncy castles, a face painting area, a candy table, food, pictures, crafts and more.

Chantelle Foreman-Meadows, Cystic Fibrosis Canada Essex-Kent event chairperson, and Liz Nehme, owner of SugarRush Sweet Planning, hosted the event with the help of approximately 40 volunteers.

“The money we raise goes towards research to find a cure and effective control of the disease as well as treatments across Canada,” said Foreman- Meadows. “So we hope to raise funds and look forward to doing it again next year.”

Cystic Fibrosis is a life-threatening genetic disorder that mainly affects the lungs and digestive system in children and young adults. According to Cystic Fibrosis Canada, there are currently 4,000 Canadians living with the disorder, with the average median age of survival being just shy of 60 years of age.

“I want my children to know how rewarding it is to give back and see the hard work people put into making something like this happen,” said Nehme. “It’s taken a lot of hard work, but it’s all worth it. I feel good helping the community and good causes.”

Merisa LePage, her husband and their young daughter attended the event in costume and she enjoyed seeing other adults join in the fundraiser’s theme.

“It’s a great event,” said LePage. “All the kids look great in their costumes and it’s a lot of fun for everyone.”

Kyle Turner, an artist for High Jinks a local indoor playcare and imaginarium, applies costume make-up to a little boy dressed as superman at the first annual Superhero Takeover at Ciociaro Club on Oct. 19.

Kyle Turner, an artist for High Jinks a local indoor playcare and imaginarium, applies costume make-up to a little boy dressed as superman at the first annual Superhero Takeover at Ciociaro Club Oct. 19. [Photo by // Bobby-Jo Keats]

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