Sick kids become superheroes, one cape at a time
Many of us moms do it. We follow blogs of other moms for advice, laughter and inspiration. Sometimes the stories we read are so powerful they inspire us to act. In the case of Robyn Rosenberger… it made her want to sew.
The Seattle mom was in the midst of making superhero capes for her 1 year old son when she came across the blog about a baby girl named Brenna. Brenna was born with a rare and severe skin disease. Robyn read about the little girl’s battle including eye surgery at just 3 weeks and beating an aggressive blood infection. In Robyn’s mind, Brenna was a fighter.. she was Super Brenna.
“I realized that while my son looked cute in a cape, Brenna needed a cape.”
Touched by a total stranger Robyn reached out to Brenna’s mom through Facebook. She asked if she could send a cape her way.
“She was ecstatic and told me that they have been calling Brenna their super hero since she was born!”
And that was the moment TinySuperheroes was also born.
Within a month Robyn’s Singer machine pumped out 80 capes. In the last two months the little colorful cloaks have empowered more than 100 kids nationwide. Many who are fighting illnesses that are undiagnosed, terminal or don’t have a cure.
How does she find them? She says it’s easy.. they find her. Social media and Facebook have allowed TinySuperheroes to thrive and share incredible stories.
“There’s Blessed by Brenna, A Very Special Case, Casen’s Crusade, Mabel’s Able, Ireland’s Journey…I’d been on Facebook for 7 years now and had never stumbled upon pages like these…and now they consume my Newsfeed!”
Once the child is comfortable in their new cape, their pictures and story are featured on Robyn’s blog. She hopes the it gives them a voice and their disability a face.
Robyn adds many of these kids have 10,000+ Likes on Facebook.. and that for most families social networking is the main source of advocacy and support.
Right now 100 more caped crusaders are in line to be featured on Robyn’s blog. When she’s not profiling these super human powers to be she’s stitching away for future heroes. Response has been so big the mom-on-a-mission has enlisted sidekicks… girlfriends that find fun in sewing around the dinner table.
“Our lives are full – full of fabric, full of typing, full of story reading, and full of so much love.”
Case by case, cape by cape… it’s this genuine power to help that’s making it easier for a little someone.. somewhere… to heal.
To sponsor a cape for a child or to read their extraordinary stories visit TinySuperheroes.com