Meet Robyn Rosenberger, a WYSK who is transforming extraordinary children into superheroes by empowering them with the strength and determination they need to overcome some of life’s most difficult challenges, one TinySuperheroes cape at a time.
It all started in the summer of 2012. Robyn dusted off her sewing machine to make a superhero cape for her nephew’s 2nd birthday. She then went on to make one for her son and, of course, a superhero family wouldn’t be complete without a superhero dog, so she made one for Fido too.
Meanwhile, Robyn and her family had been following the blog of a sweet girl named Brenna, who was born with a very rare and severe skin disorder. She realized then that while her nephew and son looked cute in their capes, Brenna needed one! Robyn wanted to do something to honor the child’s bravery, so she contacted Brenna’s family and sent her a cape in January 2013. It was when Robyn shared Brenna’s story on her blog that TinySuperheroes was born.
After empowering Super Brenna with her cape, TinySuperheroes received dozens of requests for capes for children overcoming illnesses and disabilities from all over the world. Since then, Robyn who lives in Seattle, left her job at a software company to pursue making capes full time. Along with a team of volunteers, Robyn has sewn, packed and shipped over 2,000 capes to 15 countries and all 50 states.
Robyn’s army of TinySuperheroes are made even more powerful when she tells their stories online, giving them a voice, their illness or disability a face, and the world the opportunity to learn and be inspired by the power that these little ones yield.
Here’s how it works… you can nominate a child for a cape or you can sponsor a cape for $30. There is also a buy one/give one option for $45 – when you buy a cape, a tiny superhero on the waiting list receives a cape of their very own! Today there are 150 kids on the wait list.
“We are building a tiny superhero squad. Together these kids can make a difference. Awareness brings funding, funding leads to more research, and research brings cures. We’re confident that if we continue to empower extraordinary kids, more cape sponsors will come. We are a tiny company with a SUPER big mission!”