World this weekend to compete in the Under Armour

Cameron King, 7, required six hours of reconstructive surgery after a dog attacked her two years ago, and she understands the trauma suffered by children with similar experiences. She’s helping them out with her own cookie business. (Photo courtesy of the King family)
ACROSS AMERICA — Two years after she was attacked by a dog — and sustained injuries that required six hours of reconstructive surgery to correct — Cameron King, 7, turned her attention to other children who may have experienced similar traumas.

Experiencing flashbacks and enduring harsh judgments herself gave her insight into what they were feeling, said the girl’s mother, Kara King, adding that “she wants them to be able to feel ‘pretty’ again, as she calls it.”

Cameron, who loves to bake, created her own cookie line, Cami’s Stuffed Cookies, which gained a following on social media. Cameron donates a percentage of the profits to charities that matter to her, including the Plastic Surgery Foundation-Caring for Kids. By Caren Lissner for Westfield, New Jersey, Patch

If you have to ask, you won’t understand why 94-year-old Harry Howard rode away from an Oregon Harley-Davidson dealership on a brand new Street Glide, one of the motorcycle maker’s most powerful machines. “At my age,” he told Patch, “I’m entitled to do just about whatever I want.” By Beth Dalbey for Portland, Oregon, Patch

It wasn’t just a lot. The discovery of Binx the cat, who survived the partial collapse of a condo building, was everything in Surfside, Florida, a community enveloped in unfathomable tragedy. “I’m glad this small miracle could bring some light into the lives of a hurting family today and provide a bright spot for our whole community in the midst of this terrible tragedy,” Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said. By Megan VerHelst for Miami Patch

The cries of a kitten weren’t coming from the parking lot as a Florida man recently got out of his pickup at a Publix store. They were coming from his truck, and he had been driving around with the poor thing stuck in there. He flagged down Hillsborough County Fire Rescue’s Engine 18 for help to rescue of the kitten, which appeared unfazed by the ordeal. By D’Ann Lawrence White for Brandon, Florida, Patch

Lunchtime Fire Brigade
When he’s not running his Southampton, New York, deli, Sean King is a firefighter for the local fire department. Formerly a captain with the fire department, King’s training came in handy when a customer noticed a building across the street was burning. King grabbed a fire extinguisher; and along with the customer and another Southampton firefighter who was fortuitously eating at the deli, he put out the fire before it could do any serious damage. By Lisa Finn for Southampton, New York, Patch

Head ‘Em Up, Move ‘Em Out
Deputies in Michigan didn’t have to put spurs on their boots and mount horses, but their cattle driving skills were tested when they got a report of a small herd moseying along a two-lane road. The deputies and a couple of other people walked the eight bovine back to their farm. By Joey Oliver for Detroit Patch

Fore! 4? No, He’s 6.
Christian Moten’s father bought him a set of plastic golf clubs when he was 3. He hasn’t looked back. Now 6, the Bowie, Maryland, boy is headed to Walt Disney World this weekend to compete in the Under Armour Junior Tour National Championships after he finished in the top eight for his age bracket at qualifying games in southern Maryland. By Jacob Baumgart for Bowie, Maryland, Patch

Veda Murthy, 13, is one of 10 finalists in the 2021 3M Young Scientist Challenge after developing an app that helps teachers teaching online classes better communicate with students living with autism. “Because it’s an online environment, you cannot communicate effectively through speech or language,” the Herndon, Virginia, middle school student said of her app, which uses artificial intelligence and emotional recognition technology. By Michael O’Connell for Herndon, Virginia, Patch

Addressing A Preventable Tragedy
Nearly 900 U.S. children have died in hot cars since 1998. In many cases, their parents simply forgot they were in the back seat — something a Kansas City, Missouri, teen hopes to change with The Baby Saver, an invention that monitors children in back-seat car carriers. Kelly Ann Greene, 17, won a national invention award with her device, which she hopes to pitch to investors on “Shark Tank.” By Beth Dalbey for Across America Patch

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A Shortstop’s Home Run
Jackson Merrill, a graduate of Severna Park High School in Maryland, says he’s “insanely blessed” after the San Diego Padres picked him in the first round of the 2021 MLB draft. The 27th pick overall, he shot up on the draft board in recent weeks and eventually sneaked into the first round. By Jacob Baumgart for Annapolis, Maryland, Patch

Sharing The Bounty
A 150-acre Loudoun County, Virginia, community farm is giving a big assist to people experiencing food insecurity in Washington, D.C. JK Community Farm plans to donate close to 230,000 pounds of food to hunger-relief groups in 2021, with 40,000 pounds going to the DC Central Kitchen. Samantha Kuhn, the executive director of the farm, said the coronavirus pandemic “challenged our efforts to keep up with demand, but we adapted our volunteer workforce and were able to increase yield to ensure more families had healthy meals on their plates.” By Mark Hand for Washington, D.C., Patch

Rap The Vaccine
Andy “MC Bugg-Z” Lima, an insect biologist for the county health department in Fairfax County, Virginia, has a reputation for creating science-themed raps that drive home important public health messages, including “West Nile Story,” “Tick Check 1-2” and “Zika 101.” So it’s no surprise that he was called on to lead the production of a rap video on the importance of getting a COVID-19 vaccination. It’s called “Game. Set. Vax.” By Michael O’Connell for Reston, Virginia, Patch

Final Reflections
By many accounts, Ricky Brock wasted the last years of his life with one bad move after another. But the Corning, California, man made at least one good decision. He was an organ donor. When he died in a motorcycle crash in 2017, five other people got a second chance at life, including one member of the Patch family. By Colin Miner for Across California Patch

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