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Superheroes Surprise Young Patients at Mayo Clinic Saint Marys

Superheroes Surprise Young Patients at Mayo Clinic Saint Marys

April 27, 2017 08:38 PM

(ABC 6 News) – Several superheroes made a surprise visit to Mayo Clinic Saint Marys hospital in Rochester to lift the spirits of its young patients.

Christy Olafson is the mother of 4-year-old Knox who is getting ready for his first chemotherapy treatment.

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“It was just amazing. Yeah, so awesome to see him smiling and happy,” said Olafson with tears of joy while talking about her son.

“Knox was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma two weeks ago, and nd today his first chemo treatment,” said Olafson.

But before he headed into chemo, Knox along with a handful of other young patients were given the superhero treatment on Thursday.

Faces were lit up and gasps could be heard as Batman, Superman, Spiderman and the Hulk rapelled down several stories of the building to surprise them.

Those superheroes were actually window cleaners in disguise. Alex Opstad has been doing this for a while now but he says it’s all worth it.

“The first time I did this I was a little bit nervous but when I saw the kid’s faces, I mean my heart just melted. It was so rewarding,” said Opstad.

And even if it’s just for a few minutes, it can help make the young patients and their parents a little stronger.

“We’ll go through ten weeks of chemo, a massive surgery and then another 19 weeks of chemo,” said Olafson.

It’s a tough road ahead for the Knox, his family and many of those who are being treated at the hospital but the superheroes are there to help them along the way.

“Lights his mood, takes away the fear, just a great distraction. Super heroes can fly, he can fly too. He’ll fly right through this,” added Olafson.


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