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Miniature heroes! Photographer transforms disabled/chronically ill kids into Justice League

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Aug 25, 2017

Prepare to get super teary-eyed and inspired.

There’s no doubt that superheroes can make the heart and mind of a child's imagination soar. But if that child happens to be suffering from a chronic illness or disability, it can make that connection all the more powerful and heart-stirring. Italian-born photographer John Rossi and his wife Roxanne have captured just this in a new series of photographs that feature a selection of miniature heroes imitating art from the upcoming Justice League movie posters.

“[We] worked with the amazing costume designer Julie Whiteley to create the most epic photo shoot of kids with disease and disabilities,” Rossi wrote in a post on Full Time Photographer. “The idea was to showcase their inner strength in a way that would bring a smile to their faces as well as others struggling with similar issues. My wife Roxana who produced the shoot spent weeks searching until she finally found the Justice League kids!”

The cast includes 5-year-old Kayden Kinckle, a double amputee, as Cyborg; 3-year-old Sofie Loftus, who was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called Embryonal Rhabdomyosarcoma, as Wonder Woman; 9-year-old Teagan Pettit, who was born with only half a heart, a condition known as HLHS (Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome), as Superman; 5-year-old Simon Fullmer, diagnosed with Neuroblastoma, a rare form of nerve cancer, as Batman; 2-year-old leukemia patient Mataese Manuma as Aquaman; and filling out the line-up, 7-year-old Zaiden Stolrow, who has severe ADHD, as the Flash.

As you can see above, Rossi, who is based in Los Angeles and works as a commercial photographer, filmed his brave subjects in a series of emotional videos that captured their reactions after seeing the posters for the first time. He also posted a couple of the posters on Instagram:

Rossi's passion project even caught the attention of Justice League director Zack Snyder, who posted a video of the shoot on the Vero App, commenting: “This is what it’s all about.”

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