Young patients at Rady Children’s Hospital had a brush with some familiar superheroes Wednesday including Captain America, The Hulk and Spider-Man as part of a memorable Halloween treat spearheaded by a local business.
The superheroes weren’t there to fight bad guys; they were there to clean the windows at the hospital.
For the past four years, Dennis Dwyer, owner of A Plus Window Cleaning in San Diego, has rounded up his employees and headed to Rady Children’s Hospital decked out in superhero costumes.
Dwyer said they do this as a way to cheer up tiny patients on a day when most kids get to put on costumes and go trick-or-treating.
“We just do it so these kids can have a day of laughter and fun,” said Dwyer.
Two-year-old Rady Children’s patient Zachariah came outside to see the superheroes in action. His face lit up at the sight of them. Zachariah was scheduled to undergo surgery Wednesday to remove a mass in his throat.
His parents were worried their toddler would not get to celebrate Halloween at all but all of that changed when Dwyer – dressed as Captain America – and his crew rolled in.
“That made his day to see the superheroes,” said Jessica Hernandez, Zachariah’s mom. “We’re so thankful for Rady’s.”
And, although he was dressed tough-as-nails Captain America for the occasion, Dwyer told NBC 7 he still gets choked up when he sees the reaction from children at the hospital. Those happy faces keep him coming back year after year.