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One window at a time, these flying, web-shooting, squeegee-wielding superheroes created heroic memories for kids who needed something to brighten their day. Sarah Miller, child life support associate at the hospital, tells Yahoo! that Shine the patients, their siblings and parents, and the staff all had smiles on their faces. "It was incredible," she said. "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 about doing something similar at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital. Miller said the company embraced the idea, even buying the costumes for the team.
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The hospital made the superhero spectacle an event, serving cake and giving the kids make-your-own superhero kits. Patients, their families, and staff lined up and counted down until the superheroes rapelled down the windows. Children's hospital staff and nurses also joined the fun, dressing 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," said Miller of the costumed window washers' reaction. She said the hospital hopes to have the superheroes visit again, because the response was so positive.
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 spokesperson Sara Burnett told ABC News. The costumed crusaders sprayed Silly String and waved as they scaled down the walls. Young patients at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh have also woken up to comic-book heroes rappelling down their windows, and in June, at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, a cast of characters, including the Hulk, converged on the windows to the excitement of parents and children.