What is a superhero? Comic book fans believe that superheroes have incredible powers or physical strength that exceed normal, human abilities. They can fly, lift heavy objects, and fight crime. These powerful individuals also defeat cunning, calculating villains that threaten public safety.
Many don't realize, however, that humanity already has its own legion of real, everyday superheroes. These special people are sick children that battle challenging disabilities and life-threatening illnesses. Inside hospital wards, they quietly fight extraordinary challenges that would intimidate many adults.
Josh Rossi, a talented Utah-based photographer, decided to capture these kids' courageous struggle on camera. He used special effects and costumes to transform the children into Justice League characters.
Every child was under 10 years old. Rossi depicted the group as Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg, The Flash, Batman, and Superman. The sensational photographs were an instant hit with the public and went viral.
The six, photographed children suffer from a variety of severe illnesses, learning challenges, and physical disabilities.
- Young Kayden was born with omphalocele, a rare disease that caused his internal organs to grow outside his body. Kayden's mother made the devastating decision to have doctors amputate his legs. The procedure saved his life. Today, he wears prosthetics and Rossi depicted the child as Cyborg.
- Three-year-old Sophie suffers from a rare form of eye cancer called embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma. The brave girl arrived at the shoot with a bleeding nose and a smile on her face. Sophie had just completed a radiation treatment. Rossi contends that Sophie is the real-life Wonder Woman.
- Rossi transformed Mataese, a two-year-old child, into Aquaman. Mataese suffers from acute megakaryoblastic leukemia. Minutes before the shoot, he had finished a chemotherapy round in the hospital.
- The photographer depicted heart-transplant recipient Teegan as Superman. The cheerful child suffers from hypoplastic left heart syndrome. The artist turned ADHD sufferer Zaiden into The Flash, a fast-moving superhero.
- He illustrated neuroblastoma patient Simon as The Dark Knight, Batman.
After the epic photo shoot, the kids attended New York City's Comic-Con. During the convention, the children met the superhero characters they portrayed on camera.
Staffing Plus commends these superheroic children and wishes them well in their valiant fight for health and wellness.
If you're an organization that needs bright, talented staff to work with children facing similar challenges, please contact Staffing Plus today. And if you are interested in learning more about this and related topics, visit the Behavioral Health section of our blog.
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