Tiny superheroes combat big challenges with capes made by Seattle mom

People are drawn to 7-year-old Gabby Krueger in a way her mom, Kim Sistek, can’t even explain.

Strangers have approached Sistek in the store and said there was just something about Gabby; they just had to come say hi.

“On some level I think she makes people a little more comfortable to approach and ask questions about people with special needs,” Sistek said. “I think that’s the power of her strength: It allows people to take a moment and appreciate the life they have. She has helped me grow into a whole other person I had no idea I could be.”

Gabby has epilepsy and is completely dependent: She cannot talk, walk or eat on her own. But she is a tiny superhero — her superpowers include perseverance, courage and strength — and she has the cape to prove it. A purple number, with a blue letter “G” hand-sewn on by Robyn Rosenberger.

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Zombies to infest Magnuson Park in 5K

Zombie theory often implicates radiation as the cause of the zombie virus.

It is merely a coincidence, however, that Seattle’s Zombie Run is at Magnuson Park, which received media attention this spring for traces of radiation.

As the run’s website puts it, the premise of the 5K — which starts at 11 a.m. Saturday — is “Zombies run after humans. Humans run from zombies. Everybody goes to the after-party.”

More specifically, humans run with three balloons around their waists, which zombies try to pop.

Created in Philadelphia last summer by college juniors and childhood friends Andrew Hudis and Dave Feinman, the run has since spread to 16 cities. Saturday is the first Seattle run.

When Hudis ran the race in Philadelphia, zombies popped all three of his balloons within the first 2 kilometers.

“Of course I was so smug about it, I was like, ‘I know where all the zombies are going to be hiding,’ and I totally underestimated my own challenge,” Hudis said.

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