Hundreds of people turned out to the Domain in Austin on Sunday for the 8th Annual CASA Superhero Run.
Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASA, is an organization that advocates for abused and neglected children in Central Texas.
They do so through CASA volunteers who are appointed by a judge and trained to make recommendations on the child's behalf in the court system.
"They speak to a judge about what this particular child needs,” said CASA Director of Communications Callie Langford. “After getting to know them, their family, their placements, their doctors, teachers, therapists -- everything about that individual child."
They are real-life heroes like Sarvesh Rajasekaran, a six-month volunteer with CASA.
“You get to work directly with the child whose life you're impacting,” said Rajasekaran. “It’s like a one-on-one connection and you get to see your efforts getting fulfilled."
Volunteers spend an average of 15 to 20 hours a month advocating for children for at least a year.
"Seeing the impact that you have on one person's life and that itself is quite fulfilling,” said Rajasekaran.
More than $62,000 in donations have been given through the CASA Superhero Run's website in about two months.