The defining qualities of a superhero include selflessness, compassion and a dedication to making the world a better place. Characters like Captain America inspire us to better ourselves by committing acts of generosity. So, when a charity like Flying Hero Club is founded on the beliefs that superheroes stand for, it deserves to be recognised for the work it’s doing.
Helping children smile
Flying Hero Club was created by Jim Churchman, a stunt coordinator responsible for making some of the biggest names in Hollywood take to the sky. Having worked on several major superhero films, Churchman used a computerised flying system to make actors like Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender, Robert Downey Jr, Benedict Cumberbatch and Halle Berry fly.
Wanting to make a difference in the lives of children with special needs, Churchman set up the Flying Hero Club. Churchman was motivated by his experiences with family members who’d suffered with cancer. His grandfather passed away from cancer at 13, while his mother died from leukemia when he was 23.
The organisation gives kids the chance to fly and feel like their favourite superhero. The flying system consists of a bellyboard that the user can lie on and be transported 100 feet to a desired location.
The Flying Hero Club also caters to children in wheelchairs. A harness is strapped to the chair and the person is carried safely off the ground. In the past, Flying Hero Club has flown kids who’ve been going through chemotherapy and the response has been overwhelmingly positive.
Reaching out to local communities
Flying Hero Club visits a wide range of locations, such as children’s hospitals, camps, schools and conventions. In the early days, Churchman admitted there was a lot of red tape to go through, especially when trying to access children’s hospitals. Nevertheless, he’s strived to create as many partnerships as possible and break down barriers.
What’s great about Flying Hero Club is that it brings everyone together. Parents can watch their children laugh and have pictures taken so their special moment is never forgotten. The stunt coordinators encourage the kids every step of the way, making sure they get the most out of the experience. Most importantly, families aren’t charged and it’s completely free!
If you feel like helping the Flying Hero Club with their mission, then you’re welcome to make a donation. If you’d like to learn more about the organisation, be sure to check out the website or see what’s happening on Instagram.