A photographer is empowering sick kids by turning them into the “Justice League” superheroes.
Josh Rossi, 32, of Utah went viral earlier this year after crafting a $1,500 Wonder Woman costume for his 3-year-old daughter. He recently released a new project featuring sick kids as superheroes, which showcased their weakness as strengths.
Rossi and his wife, Roxanna, found six kids to pose as Superman, Batman, Aquaman, Cyborg, Wonder Woman and the Flash for the project. PEOPLE reports he worked with a costume designer to create outfits for the kids and held a one-day shoot at the studio.
Rossi carefully chose which child would become each superhero, matching their stories together.
“For example, if Superman gets near kryptonite, his heart gets weaker,” said Rossi. “Tegan Pettit, the boy we picked to play Superman, is waiting for a heart transplant and has half a heart. He was the perfect choice to play Superman.”
Rossi chose 5-year-old Kayden Kinckle of Engelwood, N.J. to be Cyborg. Kayden was born with omaphalocele, which causes his internal organs to grow outside his body. He’s undergone several surgeries and doctors had to amputate Kayden’s right root and left leg, PEOPLE reports.
Simon Fullmer, 5, of Sandy, Utah, was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma earlier this year. He posed as Batman.
Sofie Loftus, 3, of Salt Lake City has a soft tissue sarcoma as Wonder Woman. Mataese Manuma of Provo, Utah has acute megakaryoblastic leukemia posed as Aquaman. Zaiden Stolrow of Ogden, Utah has ADHD and posed as the Flash.
Rossi is proud of the impact his project has made.
“I’m thrilled to finally do it and show the world how inspiring and strong they are. I honestly feel that this is the best thing I’ve ever done,” Rossi said. “With costumes or without, these kids are superheroes.”