A therapist at St. Louis Children's Hospital has created a new program painting radiation masks as popular characters to help put young brain tumor patients at ease.

A therapist at St. Louis Children's Hospital has created a new program painting radiation masks as popular characters to help put young brain tumor patients at ease.

An Eldon 2nd grader is one of the first to benefit from the efforts of Child Life Specialist Hannah Heimos. She specializes in helping young proton-beam therapy patients face their daily treatments, which include wearing a mask pinpointing exactly where the proton radiation hits the tumor.

Her first patient to receive a painted mask was 8-year-old Evan Cornett, who wears his "Star Wars" Stormtrooper costume to every appointment but without the helmet due to the radiation mask.

Heimos painted Evan's mask like a Stormtrooper helmet to help him feel more empowered during treatments and ease anxiety. Two staff members dressed as Stormtroopers presented the mask to Evan and escorted him to treatment. Heimos has received funding for her new program.

Cornett is the son of Eric and Emily Cornett. According to a video the parents did with St. Louis Children’s Hospital about Evan’s treatment, he is an athletic boy who enjoys being outside. Evan recently returned to school during a special Star Wars day at South School.

According to the hospital’s video, Evan had around 30 treatments to undergo in his overall treatment. Watch the full video from St. Louis Children’s Hospital on the Eldon Mustangs Facebook page as well as a video of students welcoming Evan back to school.