LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - Look up in the sky! Is it a bird? A plane? No, it’s a league of superheroes, washing windows and gathering smiles for guests at Norton Children’s Hospital.
High above the Chestnut Street sidewalks where ordinary mortals went about their day, superheroes suddenly appeared outside Norton Children’s Hospital armed with super-squeegees and buckets of sudsy water.
Monday morning, children within the hospital got a big surprise as Iron Man, Captain America, Superman and Deadpool washed exterior windows alongside the building. They were all on a mission to bring joy to the patients inside and clean a few windows.
It’s become a tradition for the professional crews at Pro Clean International, a locally-owned cleaning business in operation since 2001.
“It’s really just a beautiful moment,” Joseph Haise, the CEO of Pro Clean International, said. “When they see us coming back toward that glass you can just see the excitement in their eyes. It’s beautiful. It’s amazing.”
They may not have been faster than a speeding bullet or more powerful than a locomotive, but the superheroes made quite an impression and turned frowns upside down.
“It’s a chance for us to be able to actually give back directly to the community and the hospital,” Haist said. “I have a special needs child and I’ve spent a lot of time in these doors, so I know what it’s like to be a parent in here. So to be able to give back to parents, staff, and especially those kiddos, we love it. It’s awesome.”
The event is one that Norton Children’s Hospital says is well-received by the patients inside.
“As word spreads around here there’s a buzz in the facility, and the excitement grows. It grows for the patients and families, but also it grows for the team as well,” Emmett Ramser, the chief administrative officer for Norton Children’s Hospital, said. “Everybody’s on board and looks forward to this day every year.”
Norton Children’s Hospital said the event gives patients who may be going through a difficult time a much-needed break and offers a special moment for children and their families to share.
“So many times the children and their families are here for an extended period of time dealing with very challenging situations,” Ramser said. “This gives them a break.”