RIO GRANDE — With the coming Emancipation Celebration Weekend around the corner, Heroes-4-Higher are anticipated to visit the Bob Evans Farm to spread their message of community outreach.
Comic superhero characters have visited the Ohio Valley region in the past spreading messages about anti-bullying, strong self-esteem, reading and more at library and schools alike. The organization commonly travels with its street legal H4H-Hope-Mobile modeled after the Batmobile. It is also a rolling memorial for children Heroes-4-Higher have been honored to be pall – bearers for who have passed away from childhood cancer. The vehicle has special plaques on the car to honor their names and ages and keep their memory alive wherever the car appears.
Heroes-4-Higher is an organization which began in Sept. 4, 2012. The inspiration of the idea came to fruition after the founder, John Buckland, returned home from Iraq as a firefighter with the Department of Defense. Upon returning home Buckland felt the the news was saturated with stories of youth in crisis. He decided he wanted to help make a difference with the trouble that youth face such as issues of bullying, drugs, broken homes and abuse of all types.
Buckland takes the mission personally as he says those were issues he faced himself while young. He says hero characters, especially Batman, along with extensive therapy and support, gave him the inspiration to overcome and then reach out to help others through their pain. He said he uses Batman to turn pain into personal empowerment and use that to help others overcome their pain. The mission of Heroes-4-Higher is to inspire children to “be the hero.” The organization does this by putting together high quality costumes with a message to make a powerful and authentic impact on children it serves.