MCALLEN – The meeting of Batman and Spider-Man was a time for smiles, not fighting supervillains.
It happened at the third annual Pumpkin Parade at Driscoll Children’s Specialty Center in McAllen on Oct. 18. When Angel Garcia, 7, of Sullivan City, arrived at the clinic, he at first was hesitant to participate in the event, in which Driscoll patients dress up and are taken around the different clinic offices by Driscoll volunteers and staff to trick-or-treat.
Dressed as Spider-Man, Angel’s eyes lit up when he saw a fellow superhero, Batman (Auxiliary to Driscoll Children’s Specialty Center – McAllen volunteer Hector Sanchez), at the clinic. The two hit it off immediately, laughing, flexing their muscles and posing for the cameras.
Angel’s mother, Jamileth Lara, said she was overjoyed that her son was laughing, playing and having fun.
More than 60 patients participated in the Pumpkin Parade, sponsored each year by the Stripes Child Life Program at Driscoll. Auxiliary to Driscoll Children’s Specialty Center – McAllen volunteers were on hand to help parade the children to the different goodie stations, play games, help with cookie decorating, serve refreshments and hand out toys to the patients.
“These child-friendly events are such a special day for both patients and their families. At Driscoll, we always are in need of toys and volunteers. If you are interested in donating toys or volunteering, please call 956-579-9518,” said Lizette Saenz, Director of Volunteer Services at Driscoll Children’s Hospital.