Stanford hospital holds Superhero Day for children with COVID-19 in mind

Superhero Day at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital was a little different and very daring on the Stanford campus Thursday.

Longtime window washers at the Stanford University hospital dressed up as superhero favorites, in an effort to help lift the spirits of the hospital’s patients. Brian Ballinger, a 42-year window washer and Walnut Creek resident, said he’s glad to do anything to help.

“It’s very good, we like it a lot,” Ballinger said. “But it’s sad when we see them hurt like that. But it makes them feel a little bit better, I think.”

Matt Vido with Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital said the superheroes relegated to their duties outside only with COVID-19.

Stanford Superhero Day
Longtime window washers dressed up for the annual Superhero Day at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. Photo credit Tim Ryan / KCBS Radio

“We put on several events each year for our patients and family, kind of to distract our patients from all of the stuff that they’re going through,” Vido said. “And today’s event is really proof that a smile and a wave can go a long way.”

Even with some children bedridden, Vido said that the special visit from the superhero characters can make them smile.

When Ballinger was asked if there were any falls during his decades-long career, he said, “just a six-story one time and a few ladder trips,” but not even that held him back.