3-Year-Old Cancer Patient’s Family Wear Superhero Costumes During His Chemo Treatments So He ‘Feels The Power’

3-Year-Old Cancer Patient’s Family Wear Superhero Costumes During His Chemo Treatments So He ‘Feels The Power’

GoFundMe Leone Hernandez and his family

Not all superheroes wear capes – but this family does it as a way to support one of their own through their cancer treatment.

Leone Hernandez, 3, was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia last summer, according to a Children’s Medical Center Foundation article.

“Leone had frequent nosebleeds. At first we thought it was from a fall he had while playing, and we took him to the doctor. The doctor told us he there was nothing to worry about, but the nosebleeds didn’t stop,” her mother Natalia shared in an interview with the medical center. “We went back to the pediatrician and were referred to children’s health.”

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After being transported by ambulance to Dallas hospital, the family were “told the unthinkable”, according to a GoFundMe set up to help raise money for their ongoing treatment.

Then they were told that their son should “immediately start chemo treatment.”

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In order to give her the courage to face all the upcoming appointments and treatments, Leone and her family started dressing up in superhero costumes, according to ABC affiliate WFAA.

Since then, wearing their special costumes has become a tradition for the family, who dress up every time they go to the hospital.

“We believe we have the superpowers we need to face this battle,” Natalia told the outlet. “We do it to make sure he feels the power.”

Family of 3-year-old cancer patient wears superhero costumes during his chemo treatments so he

3-Year-Old Cancer Patient’s Family Wear Superhero Costumes During His Chemo Treatments So He ‘Feels The Power’

GoFundMe Leone Hernandez and his family

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As for how the idea came about, Natalia says all the credit belongs to her husband.

“The first time, I said to my husband, ‘Do I really have to wear this? I don’t know.’ But he insisted it would help Leo,” she said in an interview with the Children’s Medical Center Foundation. “Now Leo feels powerful and strong as he walks into the hospital. Most people at reception know us as ‘the ones in disguise’ and will offer to take our picture.”

“The costumes helped turn Leo’s perspective on the situation upside down. And they make the other kids in the hospital smile too,” she added. “We’ll hear them say, ‘Look, mom, it’s Superman.’ “

Family of 3-year-old cancer patient wears superhero costumes during his chemo treatments so he

3-Year-Old Cancer Patient’s Family Wear Superhero Costumes During His Chemo Treatments So He ‘Feels The Power’

GoFundMe Leone Hernandez and his family

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Although it was hard to watch Leone go through so much at a young age, his bravery also inspired his family.

“To experience these type of battles, it’s really difficult, but it’s not impossible,” Natalia told NBC affiliate KXAS-TV. “Leo is a superhero for us.”