Ashley N. Vaughan and Ben Burnstein
NEW YORK (CNN)– Josh Rossi photos superheroes. In one session, he got Superman to stall long enough for his red cape to artfully ripple. This “man of steel”– in fact a determined nine-year-old with a life-threatening heart defect– is indeed more powerful than a locomotive.As part of an unusual
photo job, Rossi and his other half Roxana transformed 6 children with major health problems and impairments into members of the renowned Justice League. The images attracted more than 100 million online views.Ross began his Justice League job after a Halloween image shoot with his daughter, Nellee. He created digitally-enhanced backgrounds, dressed the healthy, perky woman as Wonder Lady and had her strike a pose.The photos struck a chord with moms and dads of critically-ill kids around the globe.
“I had individuals contact me stating,’This is my kid– they are the real superheroes.
“Searching for superheroes Rossi and his better half Roxana set out to create special memories for children
and their households dealing with life-threatening conditions, and in the process the couple started calling health centers.”After weeks and weeks of calling health centers and searching for these kids, it ended up being difficult since of bureaucracy,”Rossi told CNN.
“The health centers couldn’t launch details to us.”So the Utah-based artist and his better half took on a partner to assist with the job. But still no luck, causing the couple to practically quit on their dream.After three months, the Rossis learnt their partner with whom they shared their idea was moving forward on the concept without them.”I was so angry,”Rossi stated.”I
don’t know if it was grace or my own anger pressing me but I had this fire inside.”The couple began to feverishly reach out to loved ones, which ultimately caused the perfect superheroes for the project.Turning weak point into strength Each kid was matched with his or her preferred member of the Justice League.Nine-year-old Teagan,
for instance, was included as Superman. Teagan is strong, similar to the popular superhero however courageously fights a heart defect that
isn’t outwardly apparent to the eye.Eight-year-old Zaiden deals with serious ADHD and loves to run. His Justice League character– Flash.Four-year-old Sophie is Wonder Lady
. She courageously fights Embryonal Rhabdomyosarcoma, an unusual form cancer.For Rossi and his wife, it was essential that each child see themselves as strong, powerful, and whole, and”to turn weak points into strengths,”the father of two said.Rossi credits much of the success of his Justice League photo series to his wife, Roxana.”I might not have done it without her
.”Together they are producing their next huge job: casting a brave light on bullied kids.