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Superhero Window Washers Swoop In To Brighten Up Kids' Day At Lurie Children's Hospital

04/17/2014 01:43 pm ET | Updated Apr 17, 2014

Window washers at Chicago's Lurie Children's Hospital this week continued what is fast becoming a popular tradition to help put a smile on the faces of sick children.

The Chicago Tribune reports that three Lurie window washers donned superhero costumes -- Captain America, Spider-Man and Batman -- on Tuesday in an effort to cheer up and surprise the young patients at Lurie while they went about their work. Nurses call the new tradition, which started last year, "Superhero Day."

While it's hard to say which hospital started the trend a few years back, many children's hospitals have taken to asking their window washers if they wouldn't mind sporting tights, capes and masks for a day to surprise patients.

Window-washing crews in Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Alabama, California and elsewhere have all joined the fun.

While Lurie neuro-oncologist Dr. Stewart Goldman told the Tribune he has no scientific research to back it up, he feels the "Superhero Day" event and the positive feelings it inspires can help the hospital's young patients heal.

“There is power in laughter and joy and excitement," Goldman said.

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