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A Mom Is Transforming Kids With Special Needs Into Superheroes With An Empowering Photo Series

"They want to run, they want to play, they have the same hopes and dreams as other children," Renee Bergeron told BuzzFeed News.

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After her youngest son, Apollo, was diagnosed with a heart defect, photographer Renee Bergeron noticed a stigma against kids with special needs.

Renee Bergeron / Via littleearthlingphotography.com

When people saw Apollo's feeding tube in public, she said many seemed to feel scared and uncomfortable.

To help break down the stigma, Bergeron dressed Apollo in a superhero outfit and took his photo. Apollo, who is usually shy, opened up while playing around in his costume during the photo shoot.

The Bellingham, Washington, resident thought if playing superhero worked for Apollo, it might empower other children and their families, too.

Renee Bergeron / Via bakersdozenandapolloxiv.com

So she does photo shoots for free as part of "The Superhero Project" with children like 3-year-old Cody, who has Down syndrome.

It's a pet project for Bergeron, who usually focuses on birth photography.

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"When you take them out there and you dress them up like this and you let them do their thing, their personality comes out," Bergeron, 39, told BuzzFeed News. "Every child that I’ve had out here has just responded beautifully to it."

"They want to run, they want to play, they have the same hopes and dreams as other children," she said. Bergeron wants to "make people take a second look and go, 'Whoa, look at this kid. He’s got something amazing to offer the world.'"

H/T The Huffington Post

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