Oct 18, 2015 5:25 PM
HANOVER - Friends, families, and supporters of the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock took to the streets Sunday afternoon in superhero capes hoping to raise more than $1 million for the annual CHaD Hero Event.
"If it wasn't for them, Nick wouldn't be here today," participant Janette Coombs told NH1 News.
Coombs' son, 21-year- old Nicholas, and 80 of his family and friends bundled up and walked together for the Children's Hospital - a place they couldn't be more thankful for.
In June, Nick had major surgery and was told that he may never walk again. With the help of the specialists at the hospital and his perseverance, he finished the race without his wheelchair.
"There's no words, because as a mom, you always want to encourage your kids. Whether he's in a wheelchair or not doesn't define him but he defied the odds," she said. "So that's my mission - to give back."
Growing from only a half-marathon event in 2006, CHaD Hero now includes a 5K run, Cam's 1-mile fun Run, a 5K walk, and a 10K wooded hike.
"She practices running even with her cape on in our neighborhood," Emily Blake said of her young daughter Tessie. This was their third year walking for CHaD.
Music and family friendly activities created a fun and inspiring environment while all proceeds from the event supported programs and services for the hospital.
Kelly Brigham, a Hanover High School student spent her day volunteering for the event with her soccer team. "We're so close here in Hanover and it's so great to see everyone come together on a cold day," she said
The total raised from the event on Sunday was more than $570,000.
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