Ann Wynegar's superhero is her young daughter Makenzie. Diagnosed with Hurler syndrome, a rare genetic disorder, Makenzie has gone through two bone marrow transplants in less than six months.
Although her health is now gradually improving, Makenzie and her mother needed a break from the routine doctor's appointments, lab tests and physical therapy sessions. On Thursday, they visited the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital lobby to celebrate Superhero Day.
"It's just a great chance to recognize all of these kids who have gone through so much. These kids really, truly show us how strong they are and teach us a lot of lessons about life," Wynegar said.
An annual event, Superhero Day at the children's hospital an opportunity to recognize the heroes among us, including our patients and families—and the hospital staff who care for them. Dozens of caped crusaders—many of them volunteers—took over the hospital lobby to take photos with patients and family, play games, dance and participate in a handful of other activities.
During the event, our staff also encourage our patients and families to “honor the hero in you” by donning capes, masks and other superhero apparel. Our staff, patients and families then gather in the hospital lobby for themed activities, including a photo booth, bowling, painting, caricature drawing and other events.
We also encourage our families to recognize their personal heroes in positive conversations and by sending “Superhero Grams” between patients and staff.