VILLAGE OF PEWAUKEE - If you see Superman or the Hulk running through the streets on Saturday, May 27, it shouldn't come as a surprise.
The Superhero Stomp 5K Fun Run and Walk encourages participants to dress in their best superhero costumes, while raising money for four PEwaukee families whose children are battling cancer. There will even be prizes for the best-dressed.
The event starts at 10 a.m. at Pewaukee High School. Proceeds will be split among the families of Eli Hansen, Kendra Koepp, Ryan Kucan and Rylen Sacia.
There will also be raffles with gift cards as prizes, along with T-shirts available for purchase. Food will also be served afterward. A community bootcamp will lead warmups for the runners, and a Star Wars superhero group will make an appearance.
Girls on the Run will also be at the event, and will host a cape-decorating table. Once the capes are finished, they will be hung on a fence to emphasize the superhero theme.
Fourth-grader Giana Schlender came up with the idea for the event after meeting Eli last spring. Eli has been fighting Stage 4 high-risk neuroblastoma. Giana and her sister, Jordan, had wanted to do the event last year, but weren't able to connect with Eli's family because of his treatments at the time.
"This year, we thought it would be a great time to pursue it," explained Jordan Schlender, a junior at Pewaukee High School. "We connected with the Leadership Club at Pewaukee High School, the Community Connections committee, in order to make it happen."
Schlender also has a personal connection with the cause, as her and Giana's mother was also diagnosed with cancer a few years ago.
"Having that personal connection with the cancer struggle ... when my sister thought of the idea for the run, it opened up my heart a lot," Schlender said. "Being able to relate to it, it's something that I definitely understand and want to be able to help the families that are struggling with it in any way because cancer, it really, really sucks.
"It's nice to be able to make those connections with people in the community and also give back and show them that Pewaukee is there to support them."
Area businesses have pitched in, including Jilly's Car Wash, The Chocolate Factory, and Silly Willyz, according to Schlender, who also mentioned that other businesses have said they would send representatives the day of the event to make donations.
If you cannot attend but would like to make a donation, visit www.gofundme.com/superhero-stomp.