Wednesday afternoon, Batman and Spiderman dangled outside the windows at Children’s Health in Dallas; the ultimate socially distant visit.
“Who wouldn’t want to wear a superhero cape,” said Brent Christopher, president of the Children’s Medical Center Foundation.
Children’s Health’s Cape Day coincides with National Superhero Day for a reason.
“That superhero represents hope for a difficult situation,” said Christopher. “They represent a chance for victory … and overcoming some really tough battles.”
Children’s Heath’s patients are all fighting some sort of battle. For 7-year-old A’Zyriah Brown or ZaZa, as she is known, it was T-cell leukemia.
“When you get this bad news, you kind of have to make sure you put on the cape and really see what’s inside you, what power you really have,” said Brown’s mother Shequila Lemons.
“Even on her weak days and on her bad days, she was strong.”
Brown flexed her biceps as she listened to her mother. “Yes,” she whispered.
Brown received a bone marrow transplant from her 5-year-old brother Ayden Brown, a perfect match.
“Ayden says he gave her ‘his juices,'” Lemon said, laughing.
Brown is the poster child for this year’s Cape Day campaign. In the photos, she is dressed in a cape and golden boxing gloves, which is a major blow to cancer.
“It’s about hope,” said Christopher. “We all need that sense of hope.”
Children’s Health’s Red Balloon League is raising money to buy capes for young patients, as well as money for patient care and research. Click here for more information or to donate.