2nd Annual Superhero Day Honors Ian on June 3

May 27, 2016 / General News

[The Veterinary Teaching Hospital celebrates 2015 superhero day]

[2016 Superhero Day flier]Building on the success of the 2015 Superhero Day hosted at the college’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital, organizers are extending the celebration throughout the college, and even encouraging area veterinary clinics and campus colleagues to participate.

On Friday, June 3, 2016, the Second Annual Superhero Day will again offer an opportunity to recognize the unique talents (aka “super powers”) in every person, to find one’s own inner superhero, and to show appreciation for the colleagues, clients, family, friends, and animals that brighten one’s life.

Last year dozens of hospital staff members donned t-shirts, masks, and full-blown costumes to honor the courageous spirit of Ian Wagner, who died on June 3, 2014. Ian’s mother is a veterinary technician at the hospital.

Animal lovers, Illini fans, and others are invited to dress as their favorite superhero or simply take time to acknowledge the unique gifts of the people and animals that surround them.


[Ian dressed as Buzz Lightyear]

Ian was a 4-year-old boy who loved superheroes and who inspired others to find their inner superhero to make this world a better place, just like he did.

 Posted June 1, 2015

Shortly after Ian, the four-year-old son of a veterinary technician at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital, passed away unexpectedly on June 3, 2014, many veterinarians, students, and staff at the hospital showed their love for Ian by wearing superhero garb to work. The gesture not only reflected Ian’s fascination with these characters but also acknowledged the ways Ian had made the world a better place and inspired those who knew him to do the same.

This year, on the anniversary of Ian’s death, the hospital is inviting its staff, as well as clients and their animals who have appointments that day, to join in a celebration of Ian’s courageous spirit.

“Superhero Day at Vet Med,” Wednesday, June 3, will be a day to recognize the unique talents (aka “super powers”) in every person, to find one’s own inner superhero, and to show appreciation for the colleagues, clients, family, friends, and animals that brighten one’s life.

Employees, clients, and patients are encouraged to dress as their favorite superhero or devise a new superhero costume. Superhero stickers will be given out at the reception desks of the Small and Large Animal Clinics.

Update: See photos from “Superhero Day at Vet Med” on the Veterinary Teaching Hospital’s Facebook page.