You Can Be A SuperHero Anytime

Cosplay Crusaders started last year when a few local friends decided to take their love of super heroes and pay it forward. We recently had the chance to catch up with a few of our local superheroes and ask them a few questions.

Cosplay – where participants wear costumes and pretend to be a specific character – is growing in popularity around the country. And now, Cosplay Crusaders are putting this hobby to good use. With a group numbering 14, they are on a mission to bring characters to life for children and families. You’ll see them around town at all kinds of non-profit events, raising funds for charities and spreading goodwill.

Dannie Sue Bushroe, otherwise known as West Michigan Super Girl, is one of the founding members of the group. The group is in the process of gaining their 5013C non-profit status right now, she says.

Cosplay Crusaders Grand Rapids

You Can Change Someone’s Day

You’ll find Zach Balakas at local events as Spiderman and Green Arrow. One of his favorite gigs is visiting the kids at Mary Free Bed every month, playing games with them and handing out gifts of comic books and toys.

“Putting on a costume breaks down barriers, including your own barriers. You become the character,” confides Zach. “We want to spread the message that there are little things that you can do to change someone’s day, you can be a superhero anytime.”

Indeed, the Cosplay Crusaders are true superheroes. They are completely self-funded; their time and gifts are 100% donated by members of the group – and they are gifting a lot of their time.

Cosplay Crusaders Grand Rapids

Upcoming events featuring the Cosplay Crusaders


Contact the Crusaders

The Cosplay Crusaders are all about reaching out and making connections. The best way to get in touch with them is via their Facebook or Instagram accounts. Or you can email [email protected]

If you have a charitable event that you’d like to invite the Cosplay Crusaders to, reach out to them. This amazing group is spreading kindness one event at a time and we’re glad they’re in our community!