Superheroes – those strong, brave, powerful creatures fighting the bad guys in the comic books. Johannes Wenzell from the village of Getinge in Sweden fell in love with them already when he was a small child. Little did he know that he would become one himself one day.
The willingness to help other people and make them feel happy has always been central for Johannes Wenzell.
“If I can put a smile on someone’s face it boosts me with energy and makes me smile as well”, he says.
In 2007 his father was diagnosed with cancer. Johannes was forced to see his role model turn ill, and got to experience the unpleasant feeling of not being able to do anything about it.
Johannes decided there and then that he wanted to engage somehow. Not only did he want to do something for people who are ill, he also wanted to make the days easier for their loved ones.
A few years later he started to draft ideas for how he could make a difference. Rather quickly his thoughts turned to the superheroes he had always adored so much. What if he could become one?
“Just when I had decided to dress as a superhero and visit hospitals to cheer up children who are ill in cancer I heard about Superheroes against cancer, a Swedish volunteer organization that was already doing exactly this. I contacted them and soon after I was part of the team”, tells Johannes.
Superheroes against cancer visits children’s hospitals to give hope and joy to those who need it the most, they also participate during company events. 20% of the money they get at the events enables them to continue running the organization as volunteers and 80% goes directly into cancer research.