Following in the footsteps of Batkid and armed with a message of hope, a ten-year-old leukemia patient took to the streets of Vallejo as Wonder Girl on Thursday.
10-year-old Monika Romo will be making her way to different locations around her hometown as Wonder Girl, spreading her message of her struggles with leukemia, but also a message of peace in a city riddled with recent violence. Wonder Woman happens to be Romo’s favorite superhero.
Romo, a fifth-grader at Annie Pennycook Elementary School in Vallejo, was diagnosed with leukemia back in April. According to the family, Romo went to get a routine checkup when results came back of the leukemia.
Since then, Romo has been receiving chemotherapy treatments. But she remains positive and concerned for her city.
She recently penned an essay that tells how Wonder Girl saves the city of Vallejo from evil. In addition to being escorted from her home by police escort to different locations, Romo will also read her speech.
“It’s an exciting day,” said Kimberly Mitchell, principal of Pennycook elementary. “Monika is a fantastic person. She wants to be a teacher when she grows up.”
On Thursday morning, a crowd of her classmates surprised her at school with signs and participated in a flash mob held in her honor.
Romo plans to speak and inspire others at Vallejo High School, Vallejo City Hall and the California Maritime Academy.
Her mother, Alejandra, said this took about a month to plan and it was difficult to keep the event a surprise.