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Illinois Walk for Children Encourages All to be Superheroes

Updated: Monday, June 9 2014, 04:41 PM CDT

Proving that it isn't just Peter Parker or Tony Stark who can save the day --- everyone can be a superhero.

That was the message behind today's event ... Encouraging you to be a superhero for those facing child abuse.

The annual Illinois Walk for Children event is an effort initiated by Prevent Child Abuse Illinois to raise money to help identify the signs of a child who is subjected to abuse.

"It goes to our programs and trainings. We provide statewide prevention programs," said Ashley Murphy, Prevent Child Abuse Illinois. "Trainings to social workers, nurses, teachers, parents really anybody who works with kids. And it kind of helps recognize the signs and symptoms of child abuse."

It began with a one mile walk around the park. Participants paid a registration fee and were encouraged to find sponsors to help raise money.

The local fire department visited the event offering kids a sneak peek inside the red fire engine.

A mini carnival was set up with a variety of games including a superhero training course.

Not to mention a long line of fans waiting to meet their Marvel favorites... Iron Man and Spiderman.

The event offered not only a fun filled experience, but allowed parents to educate their kids on the definition of child abuse...

"Well it's an important cause to keep our kids involved in," said Lisa Kates, a participant at the event. "This is a fun way to get the conversation started about what to do if kids are in that kind of situation. And just to talk to them about what's okay and what's not okay."

It was a carnival event that brought joy to the families that attended, while helping a cause that encourages all to be a superhero to any child, and save a life.

Illinois Walk for Children Encourages All to be Superheroes

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