BUFFALO (WKBW) At Children's Hospital, doctors treat hundreds of kids each and every day facing prolonged illnesses and extended hospital stays. So one local group set out to make those kids' days just a little bit brighter and make them feel just a little more super.
A very special delivery came to Children's Hospital on Tuesday, as youth ministers from the St. Martha Youth Group in Depew dropped off more than a hundred fleece capes for kids. Capes to make kids battling all sorts of illnesses feel like superheroes.
"I hope that it gives any child who is fighting a serious illness just gives them that extra push that extra hope that they really are a superhero and that they can overcome and accomplish anything," youth minister Laurie Koerner said.
The capes were made by teens at last month's Catholic Youth Convention in Downtown Buffalo. Each cape has a unique pattern and design along with a personalized note from the person who made it.
"Everyone wants to be a superhero. so I think these will be a wonderful pick me up not just for the kids but for the families," Ann Maghran of Children's Hospital said.
The capes will be given to kids throughout the hospital, from newborns in the intensive care unit to those suffering from pediatric cancer.
"This is just one of those fluffy things that sometimes people forget about that is just as important as the medical aspect," Maghran added.
And they may have already worked some magic. One of the youth ministers knew of a young boy in the ICU at Children's, and sent him a cape last week.
"I do think it gave him the hope and superhero strength that he needed to overcome his illness. And three days later, he was out of ICU and is now home," Koerner said.