Superhero fundraiser brings hope and relief to true heroes

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. No matter which is your favorite, superheroes are there to bring hope to those you need it most.

Now one local charity is doing what it can for their heroes by giving a little extra courage to our nation's bravest and strength to those struggling with life-threatening illnesses.

Hope 616 was created by three friends, Justin Hudechek, Jake Lybarger, and Jason Farley. Now the guys have started an effort to collect comic books for soldiers overseas and kids in children's hospitals.

"Reading comics to me is kind of a passion, it's a good break from reality," says Lybarger. "For those who are serving overseas and are dealing with terminal illnesses, they don't really have the privilege of buying the comic books themselves."

To pay for the shipping and packaging of the comic books, they're having a public screening of Legends of the Knight: We are Batman; a documentary about several different stories of those inspired by Batman.

Their goal is to get 200 lbs of comics and raise $100, and in order for the event to happen, they have to sell 80 tickets by April 3rd.

Tickets cost $10 each.

To sponsor or learn more information about Hope 616, contact thetm at

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