Thursday, September 3, 2015

Tiny Superheroes, Sidekicks, and Capes

A month ago, I received an email about Sam's birthday project from a lady named Robyn.  Robyn is the founder of a company called TinySuperheroes, which empowers extraordinary children with illness and/or disability by providing these little superheroes with their very own superhero cape.  She came across my blog post with the birthday project details through Facebook (social media is cool).  Robyn asked if she could participate in the birthday project by contributing superhero capes for the heart patients in the CHSU!  Um...yes, please!  I have been waiting impatiently for a month to get the capes, and I got them today.  THEY ARE ADORABLE!  

Such fun colors and fabrics!
Every cape comes with a bracelet, membership card, stickers, and these adorable superhero trading cards.  Don't you just love these kids??!!
Y'all, these capes are for kids of all ages, including newborns.  Have you ever heard of anything more ridiculously adorable than a superhero cape for a tiny tiny baby??!!  The newborn size capes are about a foot long.  Click here to see many superheroes and their capes.

In Robyn's email, she mentioned she wanted to send capes for Emory and Harper because everyone knows super sidekicks are imperative to the success of every superhero.  One of the many fears I have had since we received Sam's diagnosis is that the girls would feel like they were on the back burner because Sam would have needs that were different from theirs.  As I was showing Emory and Harper their capes this afternoon and telling them what they were and why they were getting them, they just giggled.  I thought about how many extraordinary kids see their capes for the first time, find out that they are superheroes, and get to wear their capes, and I'm sure they just giggle.  What an incredible impact Robyn is having in the lives of these amazing kids and their families.

"Show me your super sidekick face."  Perfect.

What Robyn didn't tell me is that she was also sending a cape for Sam.  I found the girls' capes in the box, looked through the capes I will be taking to the CHSU, and I was so excited about them that I totally missed Sam's cape.  Then in the corner of one of the boxes was a tiny cape with a bold 'S' and this note attached:

What a blessing to receive something to remember Sam by almost seven months after he has been gone.  Every parent knows that their child matters.  Parents of children who have gone to heaven want to know that their child's life mattered and that it still does after their death.  Sam was and is extraordinary.

My heart.
They really focused on the 'kick' part of 'sidekick'.
I wanted to include a post about TinySuperheroes because I want everyone to know about this great company.  If you feel led to, please consider providing a cape to help empower kids as they overcome their illness or disability.  There are a couple ways to get a cape to an extraordinary superhero kid:
  • Nominate a tiny superhero to be added to the wait list.  The company receives sponsorships when people directly purchase capes or choose to sponsor a child on the wait list. 
  • Purchase a cape directly for a tiny superhero you know.  Not only will TinySuperheroes send the cape you ordered, they will also give an additional cape to a child on the waiting list.
  • Sponsor a cape for a child on the wait list.  If you don't have a specific child in mind that you would like to give a cape to, you can provide one for a child already on the list.  You can sponsor as many capes as you want!
Robyn is on a mission for all tiny superheroes to have their capes.  She would love for everyone to purchase a cape for someone they already know who needs one, but it's even more important to her for families of extraordinary kids to nominate their own children for the waiting list.  The ingenious way the company has organized their system of nominating, purchasing directly, or sponsoring a cape guarantees that no matter which option you choose, you are providing a child with their superhero cape.

These exceptional kids have constant reminders (doctor appointments, hospital stays, tests, scans, labs, diagnoses, feeding tubes, physical limitations, oxygen tanks, trachs, colostomy bags, etc.) that they aren't like their peers, but they need to know just how extraordinary they are.

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