Local teen embarks on 'super' project
Hollie Moretz looks like your average teenager.
She has bright blue fingernails, an infectious laugh, and all the excitement that comes with being 16-years-old.
Look past her youth, however, and you might just see a superhero.
At least that's what kids at Camp Care will see this year.
Thanks to Moretz, the juvenile cancer patients will each receive their very own super hero cape.
"I think the capes are going to make them feel that they don't have to be scared ... they'll help them feel like a super hero, that they can defeat any battle they're challenged with," Moretz said.
Moretz got the idea from the CBS Early show. The mom of a kid cancer patient made her daughter a super hero cape. The kids at the cancer ward couldn't get enough of the cape, and the mom found herself making dozens more.
Moretz knew it was the perfect project.
"I just thought it would be a good thing to do, to help them not feel scared," she said. "A lot of people in my family have had cancer ... and it's rough. For a kid to have cancer, it would be really rough."
As the first Gold Award candidate at Green Valley-based Girl Scout Troop 10807, Moretz knew it would be the perfect Award project.
After visiting juvenile cancer patients in Indian Trail, her resolve strengthened.
"Some of them, you wouldn't have even known they had cancer ... it was just like normal kids," she said. "It's sad to see a kid go through that."
"I think it's great," mom Janet Moretz said. "I'm really impressed with what she chose to do."
It's a cause close to the Moretz' heart.
"My sister died from cancer 10 years ago, and we've always been involved in Relay for Life," Janet Moretz said.
And she's not exaggerating.
Hollie has been recognized several times before, both by the Watauga Democrat and All About Women magazine for her charity work with Relay for Life and Hospice.
"This is where she was ten and trick-or-treating for Hospice," Janet said, holding up a yellowed Watauga Democrat article from 2004.
This is the biggest project Moretz has ever tackled, and she's determined not to back down.
"I don't do it for the recognition," she said. "I've just always done it."
And now she needs your help.
In order to create the 250 capes, she needs special fabric that can host a Camp Care logo. Moretz chose silver to go along with the 2010 "Space Camp" theme, but the fabric is $7.50 a yard.
"We're going to need $3,000 to buy the fabric," she said.
Hollie plans to host a workshop May 22 to show people how to cut the capes out and surge the edges.
"But I have to raise the money beforehand and order the material," she said.
Since it's for a Gold Award, she can't actually ask for money. She is, however, holding a singing Sunday at 2 p.m. at Pleasant Valley Methodist Church to benefit the project. The Dollar Boys and Rick Davis and Group will be on hand to play bluegrass and donations will be accepted.
Can't make the singing? E-mail troop leader Joanne Jenkins for more ways to help at (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Girl Scout Gold award is the highest honor earned by a Girl Scout, equal to the Eagle Award in Boy Scouts.
Camp CARE (Cancer Ain't Really the End) gives kids (6-18 years old) the chance to get away from the realities of living with cancer and a chance to share their thoughts with other juvenile cancer patients. For more information, check out http://www.campcare.org.