LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – As part of their 36 city tour, Mascots for a Cure made a stop at Norton Children’s Hospital to visit the children there.

Mascots for a Cure hopes to raise money to fight childhood cancer.

“I have a passion for children. I’ve grown to have a passion for mascots now. They are larger than life. Usually, when they’re by themselves they don’t usually speak that much, but when they’re together fighting childhood cancer they speak volumes,” Derek Zinser, founder of Mascots for a Cure, said.

Zinser was personally touched by cancer when his father died from the disease in 2009.

Among the mascots visiting the children today were Buddy Bat and Louie the Cardinal.

He says whether you are two or 92, a mascot can light up a room.