Local mom turns sick kids into superheroes

Disguised as 4 year old Kennedy Meyerhoff, she fights a never ending battle to stay healthy.

BALLWIN, Mo. (KSDK)- When you're faster than a speeding bullet, it's hard to keep up. Mere mortals just don't have this much energy.

"Kennedy just exudes joy, "says her mom.

Disguised as 4-year-old Kennedy Meyerhoff, she fights a never ending battle to stay healthy.

"Kennedy was born with Down Syndrome," explains Dr. Rob Hanson, a Pediatric Oncologist with Mercy Children's Hospital. "And there are many issues that can often bring with it."

Leaping tall buildings in a single bound seems an easy challenge when compared to three and a half months in the NICU with a heart defect and neo-natal leukemia. Especially from a first-time mom's point of view.

"It was awful," says Abbie Meyerhoff. "I've got this newborn baby that I can't even hold."

But kids like Kennedy are finding the superpowers they need to fight illness, thanks in part to a Missouri woman and her sewing machine.

Robyn Rosenberger runs her own Justice League of sorts, an organization called Tiny Superheroes. For the last two and half years, she's been making superhero capes for children facing disabilities and illness.

"One of my desires, "she says, "is that when someone sees a child with a disability that they don't see the differences, they see their super hero powers."

It all began, after she made a cape for her nephew's second birthday. At the time, she was following a blog about a girl named Brenna who was born with a rare skin disease.

"And so it just made me think, well if you are going to survive that you must have super hero powers," says Rosenberger.

Rosenberger sewed and sent Brenna a cape with a big yellow "B". Since then, she quit her job with a software company in Seattle, moved back to Missouri with her family and now from her not so secret lair, the basement of her Ballwin home, she has stitched together a legion of tiny superheroes.

From Super Sophia, to Super Leo, to Super Naylah.

"Truly, I have thousands of pictures of kids in capes," she explains while looking through thank you notes.

From every state and 16 countries. It's six thousand and counting.

Kennedy puts hers on every time she visits Mercy Children's hospital.

"She was so excited," says Kennedy's mom. "She was beaming. It made her feel like, I can do this."

After coming to the Cardinals Kids Cancer Center every month for three years, Kennedy's family found out today she is cancer free.

"So I think kids like Kennedy really are super heroes in a lot of ways," says Dr. Hanson.

"We couldn't have asked for a better blessing in our lives, "says Kennedy's mom.

It may look like the work of needle and thread, but these capes are made with kindness and compassion.

"I hope when they put the cape on they feel taller," Rosenberger told us. "Emotionally taller."

Tiny heroes facing big illnesses with help from the caped crusader.


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