From the entries, we were able to honor more than 500 heroes in some way. Most received free tickets to go see Avengers: Infinity War, but five lucky winners won autographed Marvel posters, and one entry won an all-expenses-paid trip to New York Comic Con!
Get check out our winners’ everyday heroes and see how they inspire those around them.
Grand Prize Winner: Maureen C.
Maureen C. was selected as our grand prize winner and received a trip to Comic Con after nominating her two sons, Michael and Nikolas, as her heroes.
Both Michael, 25, and Nikolas, 18, are Eagle Scouts, and Michael is in the Army Reserve. When Nikolas was only 2 years old, he was diagnosed with a rare chronic kidney disease. His body can sometimes fill with up to 50 pounds of water when he experiences a relapse of the disease.
“Michael has been so strong and supportive during his brother’s illness,” says Maureen. “He has gone with us to doctor visits and stayed the night at the hospital with his brother when I was unable to do so.”
Due to hospitalization and procedures, Nikolas has had to miss weeks of school, but he always stays positive. “Through it all, he has been very upbeat. He will often tell me not to worry as he’s going to be OK,” Maureen explains. She says that knowing they love her makes all the difference.
The brothers also love Marvel. Michael bought tickets for them to see Avengers: Infinity War as soon as they were available. We were honored to send Maureen, Michael and Nikolas to New York for an all-expenses-paid Comic Con experience in October.
Autographed Poster Winners
Aside from a trip to Comic Con, we also gave away Marvel posters signed by cast members to brighten the day of the heroes listed below!
Colleen nominated her husband, Danny, as her hero.
In the military, Danny served as an Army Ranger and has been through two tours in Iraq and two tours in Afghanistan, and he’s participated in missions with special forces. Aside from serving our country, Colleen says Danny is the most dependable person she knows and the backbone of their family.
“He helps me see that whatever struggles I’m going through will pass and that everything will be OK. He is my rock,” adds Colleen. “Danny and I are huge Marvel fans. And even though we constantly surround ourselves with comics, movies and anything superhero, my hero has always been, and will always be, him.”
Amy nominated her daughter, who lives with a nonverbal learning disorder but never quits. It can be hard for Amy’s daughter to make friends because it’s difficult for her to communicate with others.
Despite this, Amy’s daughter has fostered a close group of friends and will be graduating from high school on time – which is a real achievement!
Amy says, “Superheroes are her one vice and how she relates to people. She puts herself in every superhero movie, creates a character for the movie and reenacts every scene over and over to get better at life and interactions.”
Shelie’s hero is her 11-year-old son, Landon. He was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia when he was 2 years old. He loves Marvel. His mom says he has every Marvel toy and movie ever made and that Marvel helped him through some really hard times.
“He asks me who my favorite superhero is and every time I say he is,” says Shelie.
Jodi’s son was born with Ullrich muscular dystrophy. As a part of his treatment, he participates in hippotherapy (horseback riding as a therapeutic treatment), and he named his horse Captain America after his favorite superhero.
“Instead of fighting villains, we fight my son’s disease. Thanks to Marvel and their characters, he has an outstanding imagination that helps him fight,” shares Jodi.
“My hero is my stepson, James,” says Katie. “He is 9 years old and lives every day with the challenges of autism. He strives every day to learn things we take for granted like social skills and vocabulary, but he has never given up and treats every day like a new opportunity to learn.”
James has a wall of superheroes in his room that has Thor’s hammer, Captain America’s shield and a Hulk mask. When he gets frustrated, he sits on his bed and tells himself that he can do it. He can be a superhero, too.
“I just want him to know he really can be,” says Katie.
Recognize Your Everyday Heroes
Your heroes might not wear a cape or have super strength, but heroes come in all forms. Let the heroes in your life know how they inspire and motivate you today.
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