Emotional. “At one point, I had Nellee talk to Sofie, because she was basically passing the Wonder Woman torch on to her. As they said goodbye, Nellee crossed her arms just like Wonder Woman does, and Sofie did the same pose back. I almost broke down in tears, watching that,” said Rossi, as reported by People.
Thrilled. Unsurprisingly, the children, as well as their parents, were thrilled to see the finished product. Kayden’s mom said her son was shocked when he saw himself standing up in the photos, as he is a double amputee who can’t stand on his own.
Smile. “He was like, ‘Wow. Mommy I love it. I’m a superhero now.’ He’s a double amputee so to see himself standing up straight like that without his sticks or anything, he was just amazed. It was wonderful. I love to see him smile,” said Kayden’s mom Nikki, as reported by ABC News.
ADHD. Zaiden, on the other hand, has severe ADHD, which means he can’t sit still for long. As a result, he is always getting into trouble at school, and his mom says his hyperactivity has meant that his friends have stopped inviting him to their birthday parties.
Worthwhile. “Instead of allowing him to run, the teacher sent him to the principal’s office, so I decided to turn Zaiden into Flash. His mom said the light had gone out of his eyes until we did the photo shoot. That’s what makes this entire project so worthwhile: to know it’s made a real difference in these kids’ lives,” Rossi told People.
Inspired. Rossi says this project has not only transformed the lives of these children, but his as well. Since doing the shoot, he says he now appreciates what he has in life that much more, and was incredibly inspired by every single one of these brave children.
New perspective. ”Shooting these pictures has changed my perspective on what I value in life. With costumes or without, these kids are superheroes,” said Rossi, as reported by People.