CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - WBTV's own Molly Grantham is a finalist for the Eckerd Children's Hero of the Year Award.
The nomination came from her extensive effort to tell the stories of "#MollysKids," local kids fighting serious medical battles.
Molly is not assigned these stories. She takes on extra work to help the children and their families because, she says, it matters.
"It's not always stories that make the news," Molly said. "It's real life."
It all started organically in 2003 when Molly followed the story of Hope Stout. From there it was Victoria Martinsen, Brandon Elam, Isabella Santos, Spencer Griffin, Jordan Jemsek... the list goes on. All stories were originally on-air. Now her work has turned into the many #MollysKids stories we see online and on Facebook today.
Molly takes special interest in pediatric cancer stories, posting one every day in September - Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month - for the past two years.
Molly has written hundreds of stories, but said they all stand out… she can even name their names.
(The attached slideshow is just a small example of the children Molly has covered)
"You meet the kids and their families, and you are invited into their homes when they are really sick," she said. "You don't forget that."
Molly is one of nine finalists nominated for the awards. Among them are Steve Smith, NFL wide receiver and founder of the Steve Smith Foundation, Manny Ohonme, Founder/CEO of Samaritan's Feet and Muggsy Bogues, former NBA player and founder of Always Believe, Inc., to name a few.
"It's just such an honor to be nominated," Molly said. "Being a 'Children's Hero' is something I truly care about."
The winners in each of the three categories - Time, Treasure and Talent - will be announced at this year's Children's Hero of the Year Gala on June 5. Proceeds from the black-tie event will benefit Eckerd's great cause… children.