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Kid-Sized Cosplay with a Cause

Jaime Herndon


Jaime Herndon finished her MFA in nonfiction writing at Columbia, after leaving a life of psychosocial oncology and maternal-child health work. She is a writer, editor, and book reviewer who drinks way too much coffee. She is a new-ish mom, so the coffee comes in extra handy. Twitter: @IvyTarHeelJaime

Justice League children by Josh Rossi

Before I started writing full-time, I studied public health and concentrated on pediatric oncology and psychosocial oncology — which is why this hit me right in the feels. I’m not crying, you’re crying.

Last year, photographer Josh Rossi did a photo shoot with his 3-year-old daughter for Halloween, where she was Wonder Woman. After all of the attention it generated, he thought about the concept of superheroes, and who the real superheroes were. He got calls from families with ill children, telling him their kids were the real heroes, and he decided to do the same sort of cosplay and photo shoot with 6 kids living with cancer or serious medical issues – because if anyone’s a superhero, it’s these kids, who endure pain and hardship, and maintain strength, fight, and hope. They matched each superhero to the illness of the child; Teagan, who was born with half a heart, is Superman, whose heart weakens from Kryptonite. Kayden had both legs amputated at birth in order to save him, and he is Cyborg, whose father saved him by giving him robot parts. Each costume was custom-made, and the entire project took roughly two months.

If you missed the link above, click here to read more about it, and scroll to the end to see a gallery of amazing photos of truly awesome kids.