by JENNIFER FRAKES | photos by Alex Williams Photography

Superheroes and Philanthrophy

volunteer_pasumarthi2For Isha Pasumarthi, there is nothing more rewarding than making children in the hospital smile. “Comics for a Cure is an organization that aims to combine superheroes with philanthropy. We believe in the ability of something small to make a huge difference. We’ve donated toys, books, and comics to brighten children’s stays at Rady Children’s Hospital,” revealed Isha, a Del Norte High School student and Carmel Mountain Ranch resident.

According to her, the most rewarding aspect of Comics for a Cure is the positive impact the organization is having on children who are going through incredibly difficult times. Comics for a Cure has also performed community outreach through STEM-related crafts programs at the 4S Ranch Library. The purpose of these programs is to help kids explore careers in health care. The group also has plans for club members to dress up as superheroes and entertain children at Ronald McDonald House.

“We believe in the ability of something small to make a huge difference.”

Currently, Comics for a Cure is a club at Del Norte High School, however, Isha would love to see the organization at other local high schools and middle schools. “By visiting our website,, you can find more information about starting a chapter at another school. Or if you’re a Del Norte student, you can find out how to volunteer. There’s also a link to our GoFundMe page for anyone who would like to donate and help make a child’s hospital stay a little more super,” stated Isha.


Name: Isha Pasumarthi
Community: Carmel Mountain Ranch
Occupation: Student at Del Norte High School
Family: Parents and younger brother
Hobbies & Interests: Tae Kwon Do, volunteering, spending time with family and friends

Name of Group: Comics for a Cure
Mission: Comics for a Cure aims to combine superheroes with philanthropy.

volunteer_pasumarthi4Isha’s involvement in Comics for a Cure is only one example of her passion for health care and helping others. At Del Norte, her favorite subject is science, specifically medicine, which she has been able to explore through the biomedical science pathway. She is the president of the school’s chapter of HOSA-Future Health Professionals, an organization whose mission is to promote career opportunities in the health care industry and enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people. Isha also volunteers at Scripps Clinic and is a Pathmaker intern at Pomerado Hospital.

When Isha is not at school or volunteering, she enjoys Tae Kwon Do and spending time with her friends and family. According to Isha, her parents are incredibly supportive of all of her endeavors, and her younger brother is always there to make her laugh. “I’m so thankful for my family and how they encourage me to chase my dreams,” related Isha.