Several kids at the Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital were in for a treat on Thursday right outside their window thanks to the Tri-State Façade Services.
Tri-State employees dressed as Superman, Spiderman, Captain America and other superheroes brought smiles to young patients inside the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.
For four years, Evan Bennett has dressed as a superhero for patients.
“The kids love it, they enjoy it so that’s why we keep coming back year after year,” said Bennett. “We do this for the kids, it’s a lot of fun to come out here and do this and we enjoy it.”
The goal is to provide a quick escape for patients and their family’s everyday reality according to Child Life Manager Christine Mace.
“It helps to keep life interesting here at the hospital and make it not such a boring day or a typical day for our patients,” said Mace. “It’s just all about the kids here at the hospital and anything that we can do to keep life interesting, we’re on board.”
Mace says it’s a special day for kids who may experience severe pain episodes.
“Superheroes is certainly a big draw for a lot of those kids a lot of them really idolize Spiderman and Superman,” said Mace. “Our job in child life is to promote normal life in the hospital for children.”
It’s a day to remember for Angel Rivera.
“I like the Marvel and the Avengers so superheroes is pretty cool,” said Rivera. “It’s great to see some of the nurses in capes too.”
Even Angel’s mom, Heather Rivera, was excited for the Caped Crusaders.
“It’s pretty cool, we haven’t seen anything like this,” said Heather Rivera.
According to Christine Mace, young patients look forward to seeing their favorite superheroes each year.
“When the kids’ faces light up, it melts our hearts, it really makes it all worthwhile for us as people who work with children in the hospital setting,” said Mace.