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    Fort Worth Officer Makes Cancer Patients Smile

    For the past three years, a Fort Worth police officer has spent his free time visiting sick children while dressed as a superhero. (Published Friday, Oct. 2, 2015)

    Fort Worth Police Officer Damon Cole is more than your average crime fighter. He's a real-life superhero.

    "Basically I call myself Ironman, Superman and coming soon Baymax and Captain America," Cole said.

    For the past three years, the police officer has spent his free time visiting sick children while dressed as a superhero.

    Fort Worth Officer Damon Cole is a real-life superhero.
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    He's traveled to hospitals and homes across the nation, meeting children battling cancer and making them forget their ordeals, even if just for a few minutes.

    "If I can come in that life for that day, hours, however long I'm in their life and make them forget about having to do the chemo and how it wears them out, it's a big deal," said Cole. "I'm honored that they allow me to do that. I'll do whatever I can to make a child happy."

    He attributes his passion for helping young children to becoming a father eight years ago.

    Though his daughter is healthy, he said he sees how meaningful it can be to bring joy to a child.

    His costumes are only part of the magic.

    He also converted his personal vehicle into Superman's joy ride, fit for Clark Kent himself.

    "I basically started on this project two years ago. I started customizing it with a matte black wrap," Cole said.

    Cole has made numerous modifications to the car, including customized lights, rims, interior and trunk space.

    He travels across the nation, always during his personal vacation time, to visit young cancer patients.

    His next mission is at home.

    He will transform into Ironman for the Fort Worth Police Officers Association's bone marrow donor drive, benefiting two North Texas 7-year-olds, on Saturday, Oct. 10, at the Park Plaza Building, 2501 Parkview Drive, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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