I never thought my calling in life would be to dress up as Spider-Man and visit sick children in hospitals all around the country. But that is where God has led me. In real life, I’ve been a corrections officer in Los Angeles for 20 years. But my true joy comes from bringing smiles and comfort to people that need it most. My mom was a true inspiration to me, and when she died of cancer in 2009, I went through a very dark period. I kept asking God to give me some signs to get through this tough time and to help me find a way to honor my mom’s legacy. When He kept showing me some things that would lead me to dressing up in a costume, I honestly kept ignoring such an off-the-wall message. But finally I relented, bought a Spider-Man costume, and took part in a parade. Then I went to a pediatric hospital. I was astounded at the reaction. It instantly brought smiles onto the faces of these kids that were going through horrific trials. So I’ve continued to do it. For 10 years, every chance I get. I have now visited children in hospitals in all 50 states, and I can’t wait to go back. Kids need something to take their mind off whatever illness they’re experiencing. Their reaction, their smiles, their momentary distraction make it all worth it. I encourage them to fight hard and never give up. And I love it that no one really knows who I am in that costume. I think that is the way Jesus would want it. During this pandemic when I can’t visit in person, I’ve started making video calls. While not as powerful as an in-person visit, this is allowing me to reach a lot more children during their time of need. I’ve also used my platform to deliver food to the elderly, veterans and the homeless. I just think we need to show love and to uplift one another. This is how I like to show others my love for Christ.
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