Do Moore this year: The Tenth Annual We Care Golf Tournament
Writer Stephanie Maher Palenque
On a bright, temperate day last April, my family met a wonderful group of people in the Anthem Community Park. They were all cancer survivors who were part of the Relay for Life team here in Anthem. They had gathered for a photo shoot, resplendent in purple – the color for survival.
Ashley Moore stood out as the only young person in the group. She was beautiful and appeared carefree and happy to be enjoying the day in the park. Ashley was a typical pre-teen looking forward to her thirteenth birthday. It was difficult to believe that she had been presented with a difficult diagnosis just over a year earlier: stage three astrocytoma Brain Cancer. Since then Ashley’s condition has changed drastically, and she was recently placed on a feeding tube so that she can get the nutrients she so desperately needs to continue her brave fight against cancer.
Ashley has a couple of role models to look up to, including her mom, Renee, and dad, Stefan, who are fighting alongside their daughter as her protector and advocate. Her Aunt Natalie is also fighting stage four metastatic breast cancer. Mom, Renee, shares, “You just fight everyday with everything you have.” Renee has been overwhelmed and humbled by the community’s efforts to help the family deal with Ashley’s battle and all that comes with it. “People have been so kind and have done so much for our family,” says Renee.
As you can imagine, Ashley and her family have needs that would make transportation and lifting a world easier. Renee explains, “Ashley has a great deal of pain in her legs, arms, and especially her neck. Every time we lift her, it causes her an extreme amount of pain in these areas.” One of the items that might be able to alleviate some of that pain is a Sonaris Reclining Bath lift. Of course, there is a great price tag associated with this chair, but organizations like We Care, and events like the Annual We Care Golf Tournament go a long way to help offset costs such as these. Cancer wreaks havoc on lives, regardless of age, social or economic status, or the plans we make and the dreams we hold.
The 10th Annual We Care Golf Tournament will be held on Nov. 16 for the benefit of Ashley and her family. The proceeds will go towards her medical and other related expenses for her care. There will also be a silent auction that evening for the benefit of Anthem Cares Through Service (ACTS – Please see related article, “ACTS: Neighbors Helping Neighbors”).
If you are not able to attend or take part in the Golf Tournament, please consider donating to We Care in Anthem’s MidFirst Bank account for Ashley Moore, account #2033006652. Checks may be made payable to We Care. Online supporters can donate via PayPal to the payee: firstname.lastname@example.org, then, in description, notate – for Ashley Moore. You can go to paypal.com and then click on email@example.com.