NEWS | September 26, 2014

Superheroes visits UC Davis Children's Hospital patients

(SACRAMENTO, Calif.)

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.

Photo of patient with Hawkeye
A patient poses with superhero Hawkeye.

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.

UC Davis Children's Hospital is the Sacramento region's only nationally ranked, comprehensive hospital for children, serving infants, children, adolescents and young adults with primary, subspecialty and critical care. It includes the Central Valley's only pediatric emergency department and Level I pediatric trauma center, which offers the highest level of care for critically ill children. The 129-bed children's hospital includes the state-of-the-art 49-bed neonatal and 24-bed pediatric intensive care and pediatric cardiac intensive care units. With more than 120 physicians in 33 subspecialties, UC Davis Children's Hospital has more than 74,000 clinic and hospital visits and 13,000 emergency department visits each year. For more information, visit children.ucdavis.edu.