Make-A-Wish Comes True in Super Style

Thanks to Costumers With a Cause (CWC), had the privilege this weekend of attending a Make-a-Wish Illinois event.

This wasn’t your standard fundraiser or charity event where they raise money to fund the dreams of children. This was a rare opportunity to attend a child’s dream come true. A child who had undergone a lot in his short life span.

make awishYano Pournaras was 2-1/2 when a neuroblastoma was found to be pressing his spine. In 2010, after three major surgeries, months of chemotherapy, radiation, a stem cell transplant and immunotherapy, Yano was finally in remission. Today, Yano is still NED (no evidence of disease) but the threat will always be there.

IMG_1123 (380x600)In October, the CWC was contacted by the Make-A-Wish group, because a young boy’s wish was to be a superhero for a day. It took months of planning by the organizers to bring Superheroes and Villains together in a spectacular battle that would make any comic fan proud.

The Crown Jewel of Power had been stolen and, despite their best efforts, the superheroes Iron Spider, Hulk, Iron Man, Hawkeye, and Green Lantern could not recover it.

The mastermind behind the evil plot was Taskmaster who had enlisted his fellow villains, Brainiac, Doomsday, Bane, and Black Manta to protect the jewel while he used it to drain the strength from all their enemies. Our Hero, Yano, aka Moon Pool, was asked by the Kildeer Police Department to assist in the recovery of the jewel. Fierce battles ensued, but Moon Pool emerged victorious and the heroes regained their strength.

The villains were so humbled by the efforts of Moon Pool that they renounced their evil ways (at least temporarily) and joined in the celebration of life.

However, as Black Manta said…There was Cake! I think the truce might only have lasted as long as the cake did.

A colossal effort went into this highly successful event and everyone involved deserves a huge congratulations. Make-A-Wish coordinator Gloria Voit and Yano’s mom Renee Pournaras have been coordinating the effort for two years. Congratulations to everyone involved including Make-A-Wish, Lake County, Lake Zurich, Hawthorn Woods, Buffalo Grove, Palatine, Bannockburn, Deerfield police departments and the Lake Zurich, Long Grove and Buffalo Grove fire departments, Chick-fil-A, and Yano’s family.

According to Yano, “This is the best day ever!”

But most of all congratulations go the heroes and villains who put forth a tremendous effort to make this day as spectacular as it was.

The CWC designed and created the Moon Pool costume for Yano…

… as well as their own, most of which were created specifically for this event. They also presented him with his own customized action figure and the original sketch work for his costume.

Costumers with a Cause Cast and Crew:

Billy Dubose – Videographer

Chadly Tango – Moon Pool Costume Designer

Chrystine Shelton – Director/ Photographer

David Purkey – Handlers/Helper

Jen Greeley – Handlers/Helper

Josef Benjamin Lim – Hawkeye

Ken Seli – Task Master

Laird C Dracmor – Black Manta

Michael Weber – Green Lantern

Neal Comedian Haze – Brainiac

Phil Hayes – Iron Spider

Rudy R Hernandez – Bane

Ryan Green – Hulk

Scott Whipple – Doomsday

Scott Whipple – Custom Action Figure Creator

Trevor Walmer – IronMan

For anyone who knows me but doesn’t know about why I dress in ‘silly costumes’ here is a good example. … His wish was to be a superhero and fight villains! … his mom made a point to tell us he said it was the Best day of his life. THAT’S why I do it, if it makes a child who suffered through something terrible like cancer, to have the best day of his life, I’d say that’s a good reason to do something! – Rudy R Hernandez aka Bane

Thank you for Chrystine for letting you use your pictures…they are waaay better than my quality.