Firefighters, police, and officials from all over the world are proving that super heroes are real for one East Texas boy.
Aiden Cross, a six-year-old, is battling a kidney disease at a Dallas Hospital. After his mother's friend posted a message on Facebook asking law enforcement to donate patches to Aiden, word spread and patches started coming in.
Aiden Cross believes in super heroes and for a good reason.
"Everybody that rescues folks are heroes to him and he's real big into super heroes," Christy Cross, Aiden's mother said.
"For him to think we're his heroes, no, he's the hero. He's the hero. He's the one who's out there fighting every day for his life," said Penny Wilson, who donated a patch from Arp Volunteer Fire Department.
That Facebook post asked officials to send patches so that Aiden could make a safety blanket to take to the hospital with him.
"I got it that night, the next morning I couldn't wait to get to work. And you know, we're sending it out all over the place," Wilson said.
"We began receiving some patches at the hospital over the weekend, I think he had right around a hundred," Aiden's mom said, and by Tuesday more than two hundred and fifty were piled on his bed.
"He's sitting in a hospital right now and what he's thinking about is his heroes, the firefighters, the police," Wilson said, "We look up to him."
Arp Volunteer Fire Department sent over stickers, patches, and a letter. Others have sent helmets and t-shirts, too.
" That we can read to him to tell him to keep fighting and how brave he is and you know that they're praying for him," Cross said.
So in a place where heroes exist around him every day, Aiden became a superhero for many others.
"Brightened his eyes and put a big smile on his face, and he's excited, running around in his fire helmet and his fly helmet and pretending he's putting out fires," his mother said.
Aiden is still receiving patches every day. The Tyler Police Department also sent patches to Aiden.
Tuesday, September 16 2014 7:31 AM EDT2014-09-16 11:31:48 GMT
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