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Phoenix Children's Hospital patients create virtual superhero movie

Posted at 3:30 PM, Nov 13, 2020

PHOENIX — Imagine fighting for your life.

Fighting to breathe.

Fighting to walk.

That's the reality for the kids at Phoenix Children's Hospital.

Kids like Gracie Hoskins, who was born with a congenital heart defect, after suffering a stroke at age four.

There are also kids like Jovani Perez, who suffers from chronic kidney disease and received a kidney transplant back in 2017.

On Friday, Gracie, Jovani, and eight others like them, mustered up the strength to fight for truth, justice, and became superheroes for the world to see in the virtual movie premiere, "Power Play."

It's thanks to a partnership between Phoenix Children's Hospital and the ASU School of Art, with ten student fashion designers sketching and stitching the suits for the young caped crusaders.

Jovani didn't become Batman or Deadpool, however.

He was his own superhero, transforming into "Spy-Man" since he likes to spy a lot.

"Spy-Man" and his friends took center stage, showcasing their suits and mental resilience, all while facing the challenges that life dealt them.

"He's going to be able to look back on this for the rest of his life and know that he had a real special moment, and that he really on this journey as becoming a superhero," said Ben Perez, Jovani's father.

You can watch the video for free, but Phoenix Children's does accept donations. More information here: https://phoenixchildrensfoundation.org/signature/powerplay/