MINNEAPOLIS - Real-life superheroes showed their true colors at the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital.

The hospital held its fourth annual "My Superhero Day" Thursday afternoon to celebrate the superhero in all of us.

Patients, family and staff dressed up as superheroes. Patients and siblings received My Superhero lunch pails and capes.

The kids also got special visits from local athletes, Minnesota Twins mascot T.C. Bear, Viktor the Viking, and Wild Mascot Nordy.

Families say getting cheered up is just as important as a doctor's check-up.

"He's 64 days post bone marrow transplant," said mother Kelly Dunnock of her son Jason. "It makes me feel good knowing that he's recovering well. It's a lot of energy and we're happy he can get rid of it."

Before the event, the hospital invited supporters of children's health around the state and country to share stories about their real-life superheroes.Click here to find those touching stories, or add your own.