With her best pirate accent, Lino Lakes teacher Kelly Moore captures the attention of her third graders at Rice Lake Elementary as she reads to them a tale of treasure, Peter and the Stargazers, a Peter Pan book.
She says they love it because one character in the book, “…likes to think that the kids can't make a difference, but they can.”
Moore herself is a great example of how to make a difference. Six years ago she discovered a lump in her breast during a self exam.
She says, “That's how I found out. My mom called me and said, ‘Have you done your Buddy Check?’ And I thought, ‘All right mom. Here we go again.’”
Diagnosed with breast cancer at 32, Moore had two lumpectomies, radiation and she made a promise. “OK God. If I make it through this, I'm going to make a difference.”
Now a survivor, she's doing just that with a pirate themed event all her own.
On February 22nd, 2007 she'll hold her second annual Treasured Chests Gala to raise money for breast cancer.
Moore says, “I thought about everything that made me smile and I tried to put it in.”
The event will include local bands, artists, clothing designers and a runway show with models walking the plank. There will be a black and white photo booth and a putt-putt golf course too.
She says, “Not only do I want women there, I want men there too.”
Moore’s goal is to raise twenty to thirty thousand dollars. Money raised will go to Saint Johns Hospital to buy another mammogram machine.
She's hoping to raise awareness too.
“I have found through this whole experience that there's so many good people that want to make a difference they just don't know how,” she says.
With her Treasured Chests Gala, Moore is teaching them how.
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