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This high school student makes Disney-themed costumes for NICU babies

If you have teenagers, you may spend a lot of your time wondering what exactly they do with all of their time.

From extracurricular activities at school to sports and competitions to Instagram and TikTok to binge-watching their favorite series on Netflix or Disney+ (of course), many teenagers seem to have more to fill their days with than there are hours in the day.

But for one teenager living in Orlando, Florida, time is very important because she uses it to enrich the lives of those who came into this world sooner than expected–some of the most vulnerable of us all: babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit or NICU at Orlando Health Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies.

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Rachel Maretsky is a junior in high school, and this year marks the fifth year in a row that she has given of her time and her talents to create superhero capes for tiny newborns in the unit.

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“The patient families and staff are delighted with this festive tradition each year and hope Rachel will continue with another donation to finish out her senior year in 2022,” a hospital official said in a recent news release.

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Rachel makes tiny superhero capes featuring 5 different animated superhero favorites, one type of which is inspired by Disney’s The Incredibles.


A representative for the hospital unit says that Rachel’s selfless work takes quite a bit of time, but that it’s a “labor of love.”

Because of protocols related to stopping the spread of COVID-19, Rachel has only been able to drop off the tiny Halloween costumes at the front desk of the hospital, after which members of the hospital team pass out the costumes to the families of newborns in the NICU.

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About Becky Burkett

I'm an enthusiastic writer who finds joy in random things like cold weather, snow, "I Love Lucy," "The Andy Griffith Show," journals full of blank paper, countdowns to Christmas, the month of December, "Toy Story," "Sleeping Beauty," my 4 kids, my 4 shih tsus, Disney Parks history, Imagineering and visiting the parks. I think Walt Disney is the standard against which genius should be measured. I love to write about Disney Parks, Disney history, all things Imagineering and PIXAR. I adore the colors, story and art direction of Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" (Team Make it Blue!), and "Toy Story" is life (minus "Toy Story 4"). I believe Walt Disney was so much more than an entertainment and theme park tycoon; I believe he was a savant with a vision for life and how it could be if happiness and kindness are strived for. I love Biergarten at EPCOT and 1900 Park Fare at Disney's Grand Floridian. You can find me croonin' with the birdies at the Enchanted Tiki Room, chillin' on the PeopleMover or hangin' with Woody and the gang at Toy Story Land. I'm always looking for Imagineers in the parks, and I'd rather meet Joe Rohde and Tony Baxter than anyone in Hollywood! Hey, if you dream it, you really can do it!