LEBANON, NH (CBS) – Superman and his window-washing partner Captain America are a new dynamic duo brightening the day of young patients at Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock in Lebanon, New Hampshire.
“You’re able to see a lot of smiling faces,” said Ben Stebbins who dressed up as Superman. “And you’re somebody’s hero that day.”
WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Laurie Kirby reports
The idea came about when one of the young patients got scared by the sudden appearance of a window washer outside the window.
The hospital got a hold of the costumes and asked the men if they would put them on.
“It was very hot,” said Ryan Welch who was Captain America. “The mask gets in my eyes… a little bit difficult to see, but worth it 100 percent.”
The hospital says it is comforting for children to see familiar faces after meeting so many strangers while they’re sick.
“They’re still kids and we need to create an environment that’s normalizing and fun for them,” said the hospital’s Child Life Specialist Susan Taylor.
Superman himself knows how tough it can be to be on the inside.
“I was actually a patient here,” said Stebbins, who, along with Welch, works for Aslan’s Maintenance.
The superhero theme happens to fit right in with the hospital’s upcoming fundraiser in October, the CHaD Hero Half Marathon & Ripcord 5K.
To learn more, visit chadhero.org.