Friday feel-good: Superheroes rappel down children's hospital

A dose of feel good to kick off the weekend.

Eleven-year-old Alexia Heilman is a young but committed Spiderman fan. Ahzhanae Kirkland, 7, names Superman as her favorite.

On Wednesday, Aug. 19, the two young girls were among several pediatric patients at Penn State Hershey (Pa.)
Children's Hospital who got to watch four popular superheroes descend from the top of the building, according to Penn State Medicine. While some got a close-up view of their favorite caped crusaders from their windows, others gathered on the hospital's front lawn to watch.

"They've got to wake up each day and fight for their lives," said Captain America, portrayed by Michael DeJesus, according to the report. "Today's a day they forget about being in the hospital. It's a small party just for them."

Wednesday marked the third year Batman, Captain America, Spiderman and Superman made an appearance at the hospital.

Mr. DeJesus, along with his fellow superheroes, work as window washers for Northeastern Building Maintenance of Harrisburg. Their once-annual descent down the side of the hospital building is coordinated by Penn State Hershey's Child Life Program and Facilities Department. superheroes

"He has a cool weapon and a cool car, the Batmobile," said Kane Wolf, 8, of his favorite, Batman. When asked if he could choose one superpower, Kane said he would have "superstrength" so he could put the "bad guys" in their place, according to the report.

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