About Sidekicks & The Superhero Project
WHO WE ARE
Our volunteer sidekicks are inspired by the youth of Camp Sunrise, a camp for kids impacted by HIV/AIDS. After a summer project where campers designed superheroes that were created by artists from across the country, we recognized the emotional impact of seeing your inner hero come to life. Administrative volunteers have recruited talented professionals from the animation, comic book and art worlds who generously donate their time to design these extraordinary characters.
WHY ARE OUR VOLUNTEERS CALLED SIDEKICKS?
Sidekicks are cool. Sidekicks are spunky, resourceful and loyal. Sidekicks make things happen. Sidekicks stand by their superhero’s side through thick and thin. We are proud to be sidekicks for the kids who inspire us each day with their courage and strength.
Camp Sunrise, founded in 1994 as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, was Ohio’s only summer camp program developed specifically for children impacted by HIV/AIDS. Each summer, Camp Sunrise welcomed as many as 100 children to experience the joys of friendship, the love and support of a caring community, and an encouraging environment free of the stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS.
In 2014, Equitas Health (formerly AIDS Resource Center Ohio [ARC Ohio]) welcomed Camp Sunrise to its statewide network. By consolidating with Equitas Health, Camp Sunrise continued its tradition of providing programming specifically developed for children impacted by HIV/AIDS for four years. The summer of 2018 was the final year for Camp Sunrise, completing 24 years of providing care, empowerment, and hope to families impacted by HIV/AIDS.
Christopher Darling (1982-2018) was one of the first artists to join the Superhero Project team. Inspired by his wife Elaine's work as a nurse practitioner in oncology and his own caring heart, Christopher served as an artist, cheerleader, and informal advisor for our project. He was an assistant professor in the Kent State School of Visual Communication Design (VCD) and had garnered numerous awards for his beautiful art and exhibitions. We are grateful for Christopher's support and are lucky to have known him.