A Kirkwood mom started "Tiny Superheroes" five years ago as a way to empower kids battling illnesses and disabilities, and now the cause has gone world wide.
Through the project, 12,000 capes have been distributed to kids with people all over the world sponsoring these capes and children.
"We've seen it give hope and courage and strength to not only the child, but the whole family," said Robyn Rosenberger, the creator of "Tiny Superheroes." However, Rosenberger is finding a whole new meaning to the project after it impacted her personally.
In early 2017, Rosenberger gave birth to her third son Sheldon and he was born with Vertical Talus, which is essentially an extreme flat foot. Her son's feet had a rocker bottom, curved up and were very stiff. Then, Sheldon became a 'Tiny Superhero.'
St. Louis Children's Hospital Dr. Matthew Dobbs created the first minimally evasive surgery cure for Vertical Talus. With multiple foot casts, small incisions and re-corrective boots, Dr. Dobb's has fixed and healed Sheldon's disability with 10 months of diagnosis.
After a medical disability impacted her family, Rosenberger got to see how the capes impacted her family first hand and gave them all strength. Now all her boys, including Rory, age 6, and Milo, age 3, wear capes to support their brother and all the other kids battling illness and disability.
"We wear our capes often," said Rosenberger. She wants to teach her children to celebrate what makes them and everyone else different. "It's all empowering kids to embrace what makes them unique and to really embrace that as their super powers."
The capes are sold in the St. Louis Children's Hospital gift shop. You can purchase a cap for a child at the hospital, or go online and sponsor a cape to be sent to a child somewhere around the world.
January 2018 is the 5 year anniversary of "Tiny Superheroes."
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