Su­per­hero Zoe is fam­ily mar­vel

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BRAVE Zoe Iliopou­los and her fam­ily are real-life su­per­heroes, brush­ing aside their own woes to help raise cash for sick kids.

Ex­pe­ri­enc­ing first hand the har­row­ing or­deal of daugh­ter Zoe, 3, un­der­go­ing open heart surgery, Arthur and his wife Doreen want to help others go­ing through the same pain.

Mr Iliopou­los is tak­ing part in HeartKids Su­per Boss Day, wear­ing his Su­per­man cos­tume to work at Drakes Su­per­mar­kets to help raise $500,000 na­tion­ally.

“It’s my chance now to men­tor my daugh­ter and Leo, her brother, on the im­por­tance of giv­ing back,” he said.

It’s been a long road for the now three-year-old, who had her first open heart surgery last year to cor­rect prob­lems caused by con­gen­i­tal heart dis­ease – the lead­ing cause of death in in­fants in Aus­tralia.

The HeartKids pro­gram, Fam­ily Cop­ing, is a five-week course to help fam­i­lies deal with the chal­lenges they face hav­ing a child with Con­gen­i­tal Heart Dis­ease.

HeartKids SA/NT state man­ager Ta­nia Potts said they heav­ily re­lied on do­na­tions to fund their pro­grams.

Pic­ture: TAIT SCHMAAL

NERVES OF STEEL: Zoe Iliopou­los and par­ents, Arthur and Doreen.

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