Seen through the eyes of a young Vallejo girl fighting a battle against cancer, crime in Vallejo is a very real concern.
A concern that superhero Wonder Woman -- and maybe even Wonder Girl -- could solve.
Taking a page out of the Make-A-Wish Foundation's recent "Bat Kid" escapade in San Francisco, a group of Vallejoans plans to launch its own home-grown superhero adventure Thursday.
But shhhhh, it's a secret.
The identity of Vallejo's "Wonder Girl" will not be released until Thursday morning, when she is escorted around town to a series of public appearances.
The would-be Wonder Girl has penned her thoughts about how Vallejo can be helped, noting that "each and every one of us might be fighting their own battles as I did, but I know that together we all can make Vallejo a better and safer place for all of us."
Wonder Girl, like Miles Scott, who stirred a sensation as Bat Kid last month in San Francisco, is busy fighting cancer -- hers first discovered only last spring. She is in remission and is expected to continue receiving chemotherapy treatment into 2015, her mom says.
While Wonder Girl has earned a special dream trip next year, care of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, local community group Vallejo Together wanted to seek out and do its own something special for a local child dealing with cancer.
Wonder Girl was uncovered through her association with a child cancer support group, Vallejo Together's Maria Guevara said. She added that Vallejo's event will be low-budget, fueled primarily by donations, and that she hopes the group can continue to treat Vallejo's cancer kids like kings and queens -- and superheroes -- in other future events.
Guevara said she did not set out to mimic the Bat Kid event. But when she heard that Wonder Girl idolizes Wonder Woman, she saw a chance to borrow a great idea.
"I feel like she represents hope. Not just in any community, but in any human spirit," Guevara said. "It's a coming together thing."
Wonder Girl's schedule for Thursday's event, running from 8:45 a.m. to noon, will be posted at www.facebook.com/TimesHerald.
Contact staff writer Jessica A. York at 707-553-6834 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @JYVallejo.