A Hospital of Superheroes
When 5-year-old Aiden put on
his red superhero cape and wheeled down the hall to his physical therapy
appointment, he had no idea he would run into some special hospital guests who
shared his sense of style.
A group from a local
window-washing company planned a surprise for the children at CHKD by dressing
in superhero costumes to clean the windows. To Aiden’s delight, as he was
leaving the inpatient rehabilitation gym on the fifth floor of the hospital, he
saw superheroes dangling just outside the window. Spiderman, Superman, Captain
America and The Flash were all outside – waving hello with their own capes
blowing in the wind.
team and I were excited for this opportunity," says Wayne Barrows, owner of
Appearances Window Cleaners of Tidewater. Wayne didn’t have to beg his team to
impersonate the caped crusaders – they enthusiastically volunteered. "For us it
is a real honor to be able to use our work to bring joy to kids in the
hospital,” says Wayne. “We get to watch their faces light up when they see us."
only freestanding children’s hospital in the state, CHKD provides a special
healthcare environment that focuses on the unique needs of children. From
window-washing superheroes and sing-alongs with Elmo, to strawberry-flavored
anesthesia and cuddles with CHKD Buddy Brigade dogs, CHKD works hard to
preserve every moment of childhood for kids who have to spend time in the
hospital. Aiden, who has cerebral palsy, has traveled frequently from his home
in Poquoson to receive care at CHKD. His stays in the hospital, however, are a
bit easier because of unexpected kid-friendly moments like this.
like this have a great positive effect on our patients," says Shannon Hood,
child life manager at CHKD. "They can relieve some of the sadness or anxiety
that children may experience during the hospitalization. We are so grateful for
the many local businesses and community partners that give their time and
talents to help our kids feel better."
a long day of physical therapy, Aiden couldn’t wipe the smile off his face
after meeting his favorite superhero. Meanwhile, his friends, family and
care team know the truth – Aiden and the other children battling health issues
at CHKD are the real superheroes.