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Superheroes brighten windows and kids' spirits
Captain America, aka Ryan Welch of Aslan's Maintenance, cheers up children in the pediatric unit at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon Thursday morning. (MEGHAN PIERCE/Union Leader Correspondent)
Superman, also known as mild-mannered Ben Stebbins, and Captain America, aka Ryan Welch, are actually employees of Aslan's Maintenance, which has been washing the windows at the hospital for many years.
The window washers are unassuming, quiet, mild-manner men who usually try to go unnoticed.
"It's pretty scary here and you know if you are having some medicine, things seem a little foggy for you, and then you look and someone's hanging from outside your window," Laperle said. "It gets to be a scary thing. This allows it to be more magical and super-power focused instead of being scary and one more unknown person. When kids are in the hospital they see so many people, so many faces are introduced and the average kid is pretty shy."
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