Relating to superheroes can help children feel strong, brave and empowered. A child who encounters a superhero lights up with joy and admiration because those heroes are courageous in the face of difficulties.

When children are reminded that they themselves are heroes, able to face tough battles such as pediatric cancer, we see these children take on a new level of courage and determination.

This is the reason we dress as superheroes when we visit hospitals, using superhero capes to encourage children to keep fighting. This is also why we teamed up with Marvel Universe Live! Age of Heroes to bring a special superhero event to children and families staying at the hospital.

Last week, superheroes from Marvel Universe Live joined us at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital for an action-filled day. Children watched a live performance and joined in on a meet and greet with superheroes such as Spiderman and Black Panther. Families at the hospital did crafts, picked out beanies and even practiced their own superhero skills.

Facing a difficult battle such as pediatric cancer requires a great deal of courage and resilience. Much like Spiderman, Black Panther and other superheroes, children battling pediatric cancer face their battles every day with incredible bravery. Over and over again, we are amazed and inspired by children who show us what it truly means to be a superhero.

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