Sixth-grader creates "Project Moore"

      Chase Moore (left) and Callie Mashburn (right) were complete strangers just months ago, now the two families have become friends.

      A sixth-grade student has raised more than $400 braiding hair, only to see it go to her orchestra director who's fighting cancer.

      "I first started getting into doing hair about three or four months ago," Callie Mashburn said. "Then I thought I could start asking for $3 every time, then give it all to Mr. Moore."

      Mashburn calls it, "Project Moore," but that's only until she discovers a name she likes.

      "Just one day she told me, 'Mom, I'm going to start braiding hair,' and who am I to tell her no," Carrie Mashburn, Callie's mom said.

      Just a few months into her orchestra class students were notified that their Orchestra Director Chase Moore wouldn't return to school for awhile. Moore is battling leukemia for the second time. He has two children, and a wife named Kathryn.

      "Well I figured he'd be getting some medical bills, and sometimes it just gets a little more expensive than you expect," Callie said.

      When Moore initially heard about Callie's project he was in the hospital. Callie and her mom took the Moore family a tin can filled with more than $400.

      "Obviously it's crazy, awesome, exceptional, amazing, crazy, awesome all at the same time," Moore said.

      Callie said she's been getting donations from complete strangers. Therefore the two families opened an account at Happy State Bank under Kathryn/Chase Moore, but Callie said that's not going to stop "Project Moore."

      "I just hope this inspires others to do the same," Carrie said.