About Us

The Superhero Foundation, Inc. is a Texas non-profit corporation which is 501(c)(3) tax-exempt. We are headquartered in Austin, Texas. We hope that you will join us in this movement. We hope that you too will have an epiphany. That you will come to know that great things can come from simple actions, from simple good deeds.

Superheroes are those that bring hope to others. And you have a chance everyday to be a superhero to those children in your life by showing them love and giving them hope. We dare you to move, to get involved, to make an impact, and to help change this world for the better.

Just by getting involved in this run, you will have made a lasting and positive impact on the lives of many children who have fallen victim to the evils of abuse. Thank you for your thoughts, prayers, gifts, and your actions.

Loving Regards,
Matt & Jackie Curtin
Founders

Erica Burg
Chief Operating Superhero

So…what’s our motivation?

Matt Curtin – Founder

In 2007, I went through a men’s weekend retreat at St. John Neumann Catholic
Church called CRHP (Christ Renews His Parish). That weekend helped me reflect
on a lot of things in my life, the most important of which was my purpose on this
earth. I had spent my entire life working on great personal success, and had spent
none of my time working on making the world a better place. It wasn’t because I
didn’t care, I think it was just that I was so consumed in my own life that I had not
taken the time to notice the pain and suffering around me. And if I had, well, I guess I
just thought that there wasn’t much I could really do about any of it.

On January 2, 2008, I shot up in bed at 2am with an epiphany, a distinct
message: wake up and get started tonight! Movements are started with simple
actions – but they take ACTION. God laid a heavy message on my heart that night
about the horrible epidemic of child abuse. And it was time to take action.
Registering this website, and the subsequent discussion and planning of The
Superhero Run with my wife Jackie and my good friend Stephen Schultz became
that action.

We discussed in-depth the awfulness of child abuse, and our desire to fight the
battle against this evil. Our fight would culminate in the form of a fun run and musical
jam in wonderful downtown Austin Texas….fully dressed as SUPERHEROES. We
would use that platform to celebrate childhood, and raise awareness and funds to
help support the victims of child abuse. And our hope, our ultimate goal, would
become the start of a movement to rid the world of this awful sin.

Erica Burg – Chief Operating Superhero

In June 2008 my husband and I learned that someone close to us was accused of sexually abusing his younger cousin. The abuser was only 9 at the time of the incident. At that same time I had recently reconnected with my old colleague and friend Matt and saw what that he was starting this great superhero movement. I took that as a sign for me to get more involved and take action.

In 2009 Pittsburgh became the 2nd city to host a superhero run and raised $13K for a local organization helping to stop child abuse. Since 2009 Pittsburgh has raised close to $100K to help stop child abuse.

Currently we have close to 30 cities of superheroes.

Every child needs a hero, but abused children need superheroes