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Superheroes raise money for Make-A-Wish of East Tennessee

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The trails at Enterprise South Nature Park were filled with runners Saturday, in their favorite superhero costumes, to help raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of East Tennessee.

For the fourth year in a row hundreds of runners laced up their shoes and dressed the part for the Make-A-Wish Superhero Run.
 
"I'm going to run as much as I can. I'm not trying to break any land speed records. I just want to finish," said Matt Bailey.

Cleveland Police Officer Matt Bailey showed up in bomb squad uniform and all.
 
"Make-A-Wish is just a great organization and I just wanted to do everything I could to help raise more money for it," said Bailey.
 
"What we do is give them the hope, strength, and joy through their wish," said Catherine Folkes with the Make-A-Wish Foundation. "They have something to look forward to. It gives them an escape with their family. It's something they'll always remember and something they'll never forget."

The DeRogatis family knows all about that.
 
"Our son, Christopher, was actually a recipient from Make-A-Wish in October," said Shannon DeRogatis.

Chris, a recent graduate of Central High School, had been battling anaplastic large cell lymphoma, a rare non-hodgkins form of lymphoma.

After going through six rounds of chemo, Make-A-Wish fulfilled his dream of visiting a video game development company in London, England.
 
"It was a great opportunity. It was something for him to look forward to after his treatment. It's just an experience of a lifetime," said Shannon.

"We could never have done that for him. So it meant the world to us. It really did," said his dad, Craig.

"We didn't have to worry about anything. They arranged transportation, I mean, down to our food. We didn't have to think about where we're going to eat. When we got there everything was arranged for us," said Shannon.

They say that is why it is so heartwarming to see so many people supporting Make-A-Wish and families like theirs. 
 
"It takes a lot of people to make these events happen. And to see all these out here, it just, there really are no words that can describe it," said Shannon.
 
"People, even though they don't realize it, a lot of them really are superheroes to families like us," said Craig.

Around 375 people took part in this year's race, with a goal of raising $20,000 dollars.

Make-A-Wish of East Tennessee helps about 80 children every year. 
 

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