The PMC lost a member of our family this week.
Watch this moving tribute by NECN about Pedal Partner Andrea Moore.
(NECN) – We’d like to take a moment to remember one of our Pan Mass Challenge ‘Pedal Partners’ tonight.
Andrea Moore, our Pedal Partner in 2007 — died yesterday at Boston’s Children’s Hospital with her family by her side. She was 18.
In 2007 — Andrea Moore came into our lives. The then 16-year old was the youngest of five girls. Born with Down syndrome, she was diagnosed with cancer at the age of six. It was acute lymphoblastic leukemia – the most common of childhood cancers.
She fought the disease only to have it return eight years later. In 2007 — team NECN rode for Andrea.
Andrea’s mom wanted us all to know how much she loved the time she spent with team NECN and how excited she was by all the attention that comes with “being a big TV star.”
Andrea will be missed.
Her obituary is in the Dover-Sherborn Press and memorial fund has been set up in her memory. The paper also wrote about Andrea in 2007. Here’s an excerpt.
Andrea Moore is very excited about watching the cyclists in the Pan-Massachusetts Challenge cross the finish line at Bourne, Cape Cod, on Aug. 5. Her mother, Amy Moore, said Andrea is already planning to scream and holler to provide that extra push for the exhausted riders.
Apart from the great achievement of riding more than 100 miles to reach the finish line, Amy Moore is amazed that an estimated 5,000 people will travel from all over the country and the world to raise money for a cause close to her heart.
Amy’s youngest daughter of five, Andrea, 16, has acute lymphoblastic leukemia and has been named as a Pedal Partner for the Challenge. As a Pedal Partner, Andrea inspires riders to reach their goals, which are to cross the finish line and help to raise $27 million for adult and pediatric cancer research and care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through its Jimmy Fund.
“Some riders and their pedal partners create lasting friendships,” said Billy Starr, PMC founder and executive director, in a press release. “The relationships they form can be emotionally challenging and extremely rewarding.”
“192 miles,” Amy Moore said in a telephone interview, “I relate to the fact that what [the riders are] doing is almost what the child goes through; putting their body through the utmost, they’re doing it to make someone better, that’s a really compassionate thought.”
Andrea, who was born with Down syndrome, is currently undergoing an aggressive second round of treatment during which she has spinal treatments, chemotherapy at home for two weeks, is given a week to recover and is then be admitted to hospital for four days. Andrea is treated at the Dana-Farber Institute as an outpatient.
“Andrea is doing OK; she’s holding her own,” her mother said. “She’s an incredible young woman, and she cares more about the next kid than she does about herself. She wants to help the next kid and make them feel good; she’s so compassionate and never complains.”
A group of six riders from New England Cable News is riding the challenge in Andrea’s honor, and many of them are riding 190 miles over two days. A fundraiser for the Challenge was held at the Colonnade Hotel in Boston which the Moore family attended. “Andrea was in awe,” Amy said of the party.
NECN Health and Science reporter Ally Donnelly has ridden in two past Challenges and will cover the upcoming event. Of the physical strain of the challenge, Donnelly said, “You get on and ride. Of the 200 miles [in the challenge] there are only about 40 that don’t have people cheering. How could you possibly get off?”
“It’s amazing what these people are doing,” said Amy Moore, “They’re literally going to the end of the earth at Provincetown [for the cause]. To train and not even know the person is an amazing, compassionate thing to do.”