Minnesota mayor’s superhero alter ego motivates girl through cancer battle

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Full-time mayor and part-time Wonder Woman Amada Marquez Simula has given a young girl battling cancer some motivation. (Markei Photo & Video / Included)

COLUMBIA HEIGHTS, Minn. (FOX 9) – As the first Latina and person of color to become mayor of Columbia Heights, Amada Marquez Simula is already a role model. However, her alter ego is also an inspiration to at least one little girl who’s been through hard times.

“It’s just magical to be able to connect with someone with this and to be someone’s inspiration is incredible,” said Marquez Simula. “It’s hard to put into words.”

Superhero alter ego Minnesota mayor motivates girl through cancer fight

The alter ego of the mayor of Columbia Heights is an inspiration to at least one little girl who’s been through hard times.

Marquez Simula started dressing as Wonder Woman 20 years ago at hospitals, children’s birthday parties and movie openings to promote women’s empowerment. However, it wasn’t until recently that this superhero developed a superfan when Marquez Simula took a photo with Hailey Radtke at a parade in Columbia Heights. Even though she didn’t know it at the time, it motivated Hailey in her fight against leukemia.

“I think it helped her,” Hailey’s Aunt Jenny Norling explained. “She showed everyone how strong she was. She would tell the nurses she was Wonder Woman when she went in for treatments, so they all started calling her that.”

Hailey is now cancer-free and when she was done with chemotherapy, her family asked the mayor for a new autographed photo as Wonder Woman. But, Marquez Simula did them even better, arranging the dynamic duo to do a photoshoot at landmarks around Columbia Heights last week. In addition, they posed with a number of other “Wonder Women – female firefighters – and ended the day with an ice cream at Dairy Queen.

Amada Marquez Simula and Hailey Radtke hit the road for their photo shoot. (Markei Photo & Video / Included)

“I can just dress like her,” said the mayor. “It’s not really me. But knowing that I can do something that can bring joy and strength to someone is really great. It’s great.”

In addition to their similar costumes, the couple now also has matching bracelets. They may not be bulletproof like the Amazon princesses, but their sisterly bond is unbreakable.

“It shows how much we can draw inspiration from other people and that anyone can do it,” adds Marquez Simula. “Everyone can inspire others.”

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