In June this year, Brian Moore, a 2007 graduate of Rockford High School, was diagnosed with a very serious and debilitating disease that has kept him in the hospital for most of this time. Moore, currently at the Mayo Clinic at Rochester, has Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia with Philidelphia+Chromoson.
The prognosis is complex and serious; the treatment includes a bone marrow transport and hinges on the success of, and recovery from, that invasive surgery. A bone marrow match can be extremely difficult to come by, but Moore, his friends and family are hopeful.
Michelle Lynch, a friend of Moore and also an RHS alum, found the news about an old classmate and friend to be an unwelcome blow and hard to hear, but that didn’t’ stop her from doing something to make a difference in a less than perfect situation. Moore’s hospital bills and care costs are mounting, and will continue to for sometime after he gets the transplant. A “transplant house”, a care environment that is a better option offering more independence than a hospital or traditional rehab center, will cost Moore about $30 per day. The average expected stay is 1,000 days. Lynch, with the help of other RHS grads and friends, is hoping to raise 10% of that cost ($3,000) in on day.
The day is Saturday, Sept. 14 and kicks off with a 5k run that starts in Rockford’s Riverside Park at 8 a.m. (come a little earlier to register). There is a $25 entrant’s fee with includes a T-shirt. Bracelets and T-shirts can also be purchases at this event.
At 2 p.m., at the Rockford Township Hall (3039 Dague Ave. SE), there will be family friendly fun with face painting and carnival games. Beginning at 4:30, there will be a spaghetti diner and silent auction among other things.
The group organizing this event is still looking for donations for the silent auction, dinner donations, and water and ice for the run. If you can provide any of these items, would like to help in some other way, or have questions regarding Moore or this event, please contact Michelle Lynch at [email protected], or 763-477-5223. Additional donations, checks, can be made out to Benefit for Brian Anthony Moore and sent to TCF Bank, 1008 Highway 55 E, Buffalo, MN 55313, or dropped off at any TCF location.
To find out more about Moore from his caring bridge site, go to www.caringbridge.org/visit/briananthonymoore.
To send Moore letters or cards (being down in Rochester, Moore misses out on personal visits), address them to Brian Moore, co: Jackie Huggett at 6124 Clinton Ave S., Mpls., MN, 55419.