Nightly News | July 08, 2013
>>> finally tonight, our making a difference report, a program that helps kids with heart problems . appropriately called heart heroes, and nbc's kevin tibbles with our "making a difference" report.
>> let's check under the hood, bud.
>> reporter: you would never know it, but 6-year-old dylan rassmussen is a super hero .
>> sounds good.
>> a good thing, as the past year is not easy on dylan and his family. born with a congenital heart defect , he to undergo open heart surgery .
>> that was really hard. having to go back with the surgeon.
>> reporter: dylan confronted his surgery like a man of steel.
>> we got him a cape, made especially for him.
>> reporter: a shiny silk cape from heart heroes. helping kids with a cape battling forces beyond their control.
>> they don't have to worry about the disease, the hospital visit visits.
>> these women founded heart heroes whether their own children faced devastating heart problems . ashley is now 12.
>> makes you feel brave.
>> reporter: putting this on when you were a kid made you feel like had you superhuman powers . guess what? some of the powers are real.
>> the cape doesn't help me reroute the vessels, but for the child to go into the operation feeling brave, it's -- it lets them think about their experience with a positive attitude. i did it, i can do it.
>> reporter: and the good thing, those powers also rub off on the parents.
>> when we were going through our darkest times, any little thing is what we hung onto.
>> all right? good.
>> reporter: for a kid facing down the darkness. it's good to know and you your doctor can leap tall buildings together. kevin tibbles, chicago.