Superheroes took a break from their crime-stopping schedule to visit UC Davis Children’s Hospital earlier this week. The special visit was made possible through the UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department and the West Coast Avengers.
Pediatric patients made their way to the playroom and were thrilled to meet the superheroes.Their faces lit up with smiles as they shook hands and took pictures with Wonder Woman, Hawkeye and Cinderella.
Wonder Woman presented each child with a certificate of bravery and told the children that they were the “real” superheroes. Those who were unable to make it to the playroom received a special visit to their room. The superheroes also made a stop at UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center.
“I fought cancer twice and part of my healing process is to give back to the medical community that helped save my life,” said Gina Von Damm, an Avengers member dressed as Wonder Woman and the event chair for the Relay For Life of Davis planning committee. “I want to take any chance I get to make a child’s day easier.”
The West Coast Avengers is a nonprofit organization committed to fundraising, charity work and volunteerism. In partnership with the Relay For Life of Davis, the West Coast Avengers has also been leading art projects with the pediatric cancer patients at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center.