Super Outfits for Superheroes: DIY Costume Ideas

Super Outfits for Superheroes: DIY Costume Ideas

Aug 31 2017

It’s almost September, which means our annual CASA Superhero Run is just around the corner!

From Wonder Woman to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, don’t stress about costume ideas with these easy DIYs for both kids and the whole team. Read More

Lucky Cantu Shares Her Secrets to 9 Years of Superhero Fundraising

Lucky Cantu Shares Her Secrets to 9 Years of Superhero Fundraising

Aug 24 2017

So I have been a superhero fundraiser for going on 9 years, and I only turned 10 years old this month! I have been supporting and raising money for CASA as long as I can remember, literally! This is a very important cause for my mom and me. She worked as a prosecutor on Child Protective Services cases and saw firsthand what the personal circumstances are for these kids on a day to day basis. A CASA volunteer helps hold their hand to the other side of this. I love helping to put those volunteers in place, because we all need someone to hold our hand even if we are heroes ourselves. Read More

Creating a World of Support and Respect for LGBTQ Youth

Creating a World of Support and Respect for LGBTQ Youth

Aug 22 2017

Like any child growing up, I had many dreams, such as going to college, becoming a movie director, marrying the person of my dreams and having a family. After meeting my partner, I realized one of those four things would not come true for me. I would never become a movie director. I never really had the right eye for directing anyway. However, all my other dreams, of being a mother, being a professional and being a wife, are still in my future.

I met my soul mate 3 years ago. My soul mate happens to be a woman. This was not part of the plan I had. Life changes. Love happens. I realize that my future family might look different and that’s okay. I also realize that this is not something I chose, but rather my heart chose for me. It was an adjustment not only for myself but for my family and friends. Read More

Educational Advocacy Tips to Start the School Year Right for Kids

Educational Advocacy Tips to Start the School Year Right for Kids

Aug 17 2017

Late August and over 100-degree temperatures usually means one thing to a child - the first day of school is right around the corner.

In my early years, back to school season typically commenced in late July when my craving for the smell of new books and Mr. Sketch markers came to a head. For weeks, I would consistently pester my mom about back-to-school shopping until she finally caved and took me to Target. I would plan my outfits weeks in advance, my backpack packed and ready to go at a moment’s notice. Read More

Runners We Love: #BrianPartyOfFive

Runners We Love: #BrianPartyOfFive

Aug 04 2017

For the Brian family, being a superhero is a job that begins before you even start walking. About to enter their sixth year of the CASA Superhero Run, they started running after Julia stumbled on a Facebook post. She knew that her son, Will, then two years old, was developing a fascination with superheroes, so she signed up. She and Jason ran the race and Will came along in a stroller. They had a great time at the race and Will loved meeting all of the superheroes, but what really sold them on making the CASA Superhero Run a yearly event was someone they met along the way. This woman was an adult now, but had grown up in foster care and was running with the woman who had been her CASA volunteer back when she was a child. Meeting this woman and her former CASA volunteer helped the Brians understand what it was they were running for, and they decided to come back again the next year and for four more after that. Read More