Window washers at Chicago’s Lurie Children’s Hospital this week continued what is fast becoming a popular tradition to help put a smile on the faces of sick children.
The Chicago Tribune reports that three Lurie window washers donned superhero costumes — Captain America, Spider-Man and Batman — on Tuesday in an effort to cheer up and surprise the young patients while they went about their work. Nurses call the new tradition, which started last year, “Superhero Day.”
Window-washing crews in Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Alabama, California and elsewhere have all joined the fun.
While Lurie neuro-oncologist Dr. Stewart Goldman told the Tribune he has no scientific research to back it up, he feels the “Superhero Day” event and the positive feelings it inspires can help the hospital’s young patients heal.
“There is power in laughter and joy and excitement,” Goldman said.