In support of a Carthage husband and father, the community came together throughout the whole day on Saturday.
A benefit rummage sale and a dinner took place at First Christian Church’s Lighthouse for Tom “Tommy” Moore and his family. Organizers of the event said they were blown away by the amount of support from the community.
“It’s been amazing,” said Walta Moore, Tom’s mother, as people filled the church’s gymnasium. “We are just overwhelmed. I can’t believe how many people are here. Friends and family and this church – I don’t know what we would have done without them.”
In March, Tom, 45, was diagnosed with acute lymphobastic leukemia. He has undergone six pheresis treatments, chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant on Monday (which went well). Walta said she would brag on her son.
“He has not complained through this whole thing, and says ‘there’s others worse than me,’” Walta said. “He was diagnosed in March, at 2 p.m. one day he walked across the stage at St. Louis University for his doctorate in education administration, and then later at 8 p.m., he had chemo.”
Tom has inspired many to say the least. Even though he must stay at Barnes Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, for the next four months, he is receiving Carthage thoughts and prayers.
Tiffany Stringer, who is a teacher at the Carthage Junior High School, was at the benefit.
“He was our assistant principal for years and organized ‘Pride Time’ that awarded students who had good grades and were well-behaved … He designed programs that improved test scores,” she said. “He’s just brilliant.”
The rummage sale filled the gymnasium with donations and part of the north side of the Lighthouse.
“God gave us this day,” said Bonham Oney, a volunteer working the benefit. “It’s such a good cause, and it’s been a lot of fun too.”
To support Tom, cards and/or contributions may be made to: Tom Moore Family % First Christian Church, 800 S. Main, Carthage MO 64836. Also, keep up with Tom through “Tommy’s Team,” on Facebook. (Group has orange leukemia awareness ribbon.)