Couple suits up like superheroes for sick children

Posted at 10:55 PM, Jul 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-06 14:57:54-04

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. -- A Florida husband and wife have teamed up and created a non-profit to help sick children and their families.  The power couple dresses up like superheroes then make house visits to brighten up the room for children and their families.

Michael and Maria Elkady got the idea after years of visiting children's hospitals.

"Sometimes people forget about the children at home and that's when we came up with the idea of not just going to hospitals, but residential homes," said Michael Elkady, who dresses up like Robocop.

A household full of smiles is the only thing they bring along for their house visits.

"We are for moral support and then eventually financial support," said Maria Elkady, who plans to dress up like Wonder Woman from DC Comics.

As the husband and wife get more donations for Heroes Unmasked, Inc. They hope to provide not just toys and capes, but also money to help families cut the costs from high medical bills.

"Our mission to travel throughout Southwest Florida and eventually statewide to impact many families and children," said Michael.

This Robocop costume is the real deal. It was custom made and similar to costumes worn at Orlando's theme parks. It took two hours for Maria to put Michael's suit on, but now she does it in a flash.

"I've got it down to about 30 minutes," said Maria as she laughed.

They hope more families will join their super team and brighten the homes of needy children and families.

"We welcome all heroes in Southwest Florida," said Maria. "Please  come out and partner with us," she added.