The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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July 23, 2013

Fundraising event to benefit Carthage leukemia patient

CARTHAGE, Mo. — Members of a Carthage church and other local residents have banded together to help a Carthage man who is being treated for acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

Tommy Moore, 45, is undergoing full-body radiation and chemotherapy treatments in preparation for a bone marrow transplant scheduled for Friday. He is a patient at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.

Tommy’s Team and the First Christian Church will be the hosts for “A Day for Tommy” on Saturday. A rummage sale and spaghetti dinner will be among activities at the Lighthouse in Carthage, 800 S. Main St.

Moore has been hospitalized much of the time since his diagnosis last March, said his mother, Walta Moore. He will be hospitalized for at least 30 days after the transplant and will have to stay in the St. Louis area for 90 more days for monitoring.

Despite his illness, he graduated May 16 from Saint Louis University, receiving a doctorate in education administration. He then returned to the hospital for eight hours of chemotherapy, his mother said. His wife, Reina, has remained at the hospital with him, while grandparents are caring for the couple’s 9-year-old twin daughters.

After working for school districts in Lamar and Carthage, Moore is self-employed. He owns a firm that conducts training seminars for teachers on professional development and Missouri Assessment Program testing. He had no insurance, but some of the treatment expenses have been absorbed because he is a volunteer in research doctors are conducting on the strain of leukemia for which he’s being treated.

“He’s been so blessed with a great team of doctors who have been researching the disease,” Walta Moore said. “And he’s had so much support from friends and family and the church.”

Fundraising events set for Saturday will start with a rummage sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lighthouse. A spaghetti dinner will be served from 6 to 8 p.m., with music to be provided by the UltraSound Barber Shop Quartet.

People who would like to help with activities may call 417-388-4816.

Card shower

A CARD SHOWER also is being held. Cards and/or contributions may be sent to the Tom Moore family, in care of First Christian Church, 800 S. Main St., Carthage, MO 64836. Donations also may be dropped off through Friday at the Lighthouse, 800 S. Main St.

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