Superheroes with window-washing skills assembled to use their superpowers for good, putting smiles on young patients' faces at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital on Monday. Superman, Spiderman, Batman, and Captain America cleaned windows and joined forces to surprise and greet sick children as they descended down the glass windows of the hospital.
One window at a time, these flying, web-shooting, and squeegee-wielding superheroes created heroic memories for kids who needed someone to brighten their day. Sarah Miller, Child Life Support Associate, tells Yahoo! Shine the patients, parents, siblings, and staff all had smiles on their faces. "It was incredible," she says. "There were screams of joy and amazement. There were so many smiles."
The facilities coordinator at the hospital had noticed the superhero window washing trend at other hospitals and approached Northeastern Building Maintenance Systems, Inc. about doing something similar at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital. Miller says the company embraced the idea, even buying the costumes for their team.
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The hospital made the superhero spectacle an event with cake and make-your-own superhero kits. Patients, families, and staff lined up and counted down until the superheroes repelled down the windows. Children's hospital staff and nurses also joined the fun and dressed in superhero-themed outfits to lift the spirits of the children and their families. Afterward, the masked heroes took time for a meet-and-greet and to take pictures with the kids. "They were blown away by how they were received," says Miller of the costumed window washers' reaction. She says they hope to have the superheroes visit again since there was such a positive response.
More iconic superheroes have been busy, bringing smiles to a lot of faces. Last fall, Spiderman and Captain America made an appearance at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. "When a child's mind gets off their pain and their sickness, it makes them heal," hospital spokeswoman Sara Burnett told ABC News. The costumed crusaders sprayed silly string and waved at the kids as they scaled down the walls. Sick children at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh have also woken up to comic-book heroes repelling down hospital windows, and at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in June, a cast of characters, including the Hulk, converged on the windows to the excitement of parents and children.