WASHINGTON - Patients at Children's National Medical Center have all the characteristics of superheroes. They're brave, they're strong, and they fight against what can sometimes seem like impossible odds.
On Tuesday these real-life heroes got the chance to spend time with heroes from their favorite comics and movies.
It's all part of the' Hope For Henry Superhero Extravaganza.' Laurie Strongin is the founder and CEO of the D.C. based organization. She founded 'Hope For Henry' in memory of her son who died at age 7 of Fanconi anemia.
"We bring the kids actions figures, comic books, capes – everything superhero to brighten their day and bring them hope and optimism," Strongin said. 22 superheroes were scheduled to visit the 350 children at the hospital.
"Kids who are chronically ill are not in the hospital for a day or even a week," she said. "They're in the hospital for months and even years and it can be really isolating and lonely and scary."
She said meeting Superman, Wonder Woman, Spiderman and the rest in person can bring them hope and offer a distraction that can sometimes even help with the healing process.
"That's what today is all about," Strongin said. "Reminding them that we know that they're here and that they're really special and that there are things for them to look forward to."
FIND OUT MORE about 'Hope For Henry' online: HopeForHenry.org