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Superhero helps local children facing challenges

Wonder Woman walks the halls of UMC (KSNV News 3)

Superheroes can have a good influence on children, teaching kids to support others, or allow them to find their strengths.

One local woman is sharing her favorite childhood superhero with children facing challenges.

The warrior princess of the Amazons is on a mission, gracing the halls of UMC's Children's Hospital.

She goes by "Viva" but her real secret identity is Lara Duffin.

Each month, she visits to try and brighten a child's day.

She also started a Capes for a Cause program, providing superhero capes for kids around the country facing all kinds of situations, whether it's an illness, a disability, or the loss of a parent.

"To be Wonder Woman and to have these kids think you're really Wonder Woman is awesome feeling, but I also feel like I'm making a difference," said Viva. "It was an amazing experience."

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