ATLANTA - Calling all superheroes: Atlanta is honoring the brave patients at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta on Friday, October 20, for the hospital's annual "Cape Day."
"While some superheroes battle scary villains, at Children's, our superheroes fight something much scarier -- illnesses and injuries that many of us could never imagine," CHOA said online. "But when they wear a cape, nothing is impossible."
For the fourth year in a row, CHOA is asking Atlanta to celebrate all of its patients by wearing a cape and sharing pictures online using the hashtag #CapeDayATL. CHOA is encouraging its patients and employees, schools, organizations and communities around Georgia to wear capes.
How to participate: You can either make your own cape or purchase a cape from CHOA for $20, with all proceeds benefiting Children's hospitals. Find out what your superhero name would be here.
Ahead of Cape Day, CHOA highlighted ones of its patients, 5-year-old Sydney Lubin.
Sydney's mother, Sara Lubin, found out there was something wrong with her daughter's heart when she was just 18 weeks pregnant. Doctors told her the left side of Sydney's heart was smaller than it should be. Sydney was later diagnosed with coarctation of the aorta, a ventricular septal defect and two atrial septal defects.
Sydney underwent her first heart surgery at just 2-days-old but continued to remain in heart failure. She underwent open heart surgery when she was 4-months-old. Then, in the following months, Sydney began to thrive.
Sydney is now a healthy 5-year-old. CHOA said she's happy, outgoing, loves being a big sister, and proudly calls her scars "superhero scars."
"This year, we are taking Cape Day up a notch and empowering our brave patient Sydney by giving her, her desired superpower… the ability to fly," CHOA said.
Thursday, Sydney will soar at iFly indoor skydiving.
"This little girl has such a great story and this is an experience she will remember for the rest of her life."