Pediatric cancer patients become superheroes, accompanied by Philadelphia Union as soccer-playing sidekicks

Local artists were commissioned to bring ideas to life.

Dan Wing
September 13, 2018 - 7:54 pm
For Childhood Cancer Awareness Month during September, the Philadelphia Union unveiled their awareness campaign for 2018: turn some pediatric cancer patients into superheroes. Local artists were commissioned to help turn the young patients' ideas into rea

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The streets of Philadelphia just got a lot safer, as a group of local pediatric cancer patients were turned into superheroes complete with their own soccer-playing sidekicks and comic book story.

For Childhood Cancer Awareness Month during September, the Philadelphia Union unveiled their awareness campaign for 2018: Turn some pediatric cancer patients into superheroes. Local artists were commissioned to help turn the young patients' ideas into realities. 

Aaron teamed up with Union defender Keegan Rosenberry to become "The Kragan."

Once the duo had a name, Rosenberry said they were off and running.

"The reason behind 'The Kragan' was kind of combining our names a little bit," he said, "and after that we kind of just ran with the colors and the superpowers and did our best. I think it turned out pretty good."

Aaron teamed up with Union defender Keegan Rosenberry to become "The Kragan," which was later displayed on a T-shirt that will be worn at the Union's next game.
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After hearing some of The Kragan's abilities, he is definitely someone criminals don't want to mess with.

"Laser hands, invisibility and flying," said Aaron.

In addition to the comic books, the superheroes will be printed on warm-up jerseys worn by Union players before their game against Sporting Kansas City on Sept. 23.

The Union's awareness initiative is in collaboration with the Kisses for Kyle and Andrew McDonough B+ foundations.