Last week, “Spider-Man” decided to use his “wall-crawling” and “web-slinging powers” for a good cause: cleaning the windows at the Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, TX. For the young patients, this was, undoubtedly, one of the happiest days of their lives, including for three-year old Nasir Lester:
[Nasir] was watching television in his Texas hospital room, recovering from his latest round of chemotherapy when he heard the news: Spiderman was in the playroom.
He jumped up and walked to the playroom, something his mother hadn’t seen him do since he was diagnosed with acute phenotype leukemia at the end of April, she said. Lately, he has only wanted to be carried.
“You should have seen his eyes light up when he saw Spiderman in the playroom,” said Nasir’s mother, Rashaunda Lester. “It was amazing. That’s his favorite character…”
…Nasir got a high-five from the masked hero, who sat down with him to toy with some Play-Doh.
Then, Spiderman was whisked away, but not for long. He reappeared on the other side of the glass window, suspended by cables outside. Sometimes, Spiderman needs to take a break from fighting crime to wash a few windows.
This is not the first time Spidey has tried his hand at window-cleaning while making kids smile. Professional window-washers dressing up as superheroes first has it’s origins over in Great Britain, but “Spidey” has been joined by the likes of “Superman”, “Batman”, “Captain America”, and the “Incredible Hulk” in visiting other Children’s Hospitals in cities across the United States, including Akron, Pittsburgh, Tulsa, Chicago, and Memphis.
Where will “Spidey” and his Amazing Friends show up next? You’re guess is as good as mine, but for now, it’s great to know there are those who, along with brightening up those windows, are brightening up boys and girls’ spirits.