On December 31, 2009 — just one day after her tenth birthday — Georgia Moore was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) and would spend the next 28 months fighting for her life.
Her mother, Courtney, found a creative way to explain to Georgia and her younger sister, Ivy, what was going on. “I was worried that Georgia would be around people talking about cancer and dying. I didn’t like that word and didn’t want it to be scary. I wanted them to know that not all cancers are the same or have the same outcome. I told them cancer was like the color blue, and that there are many different shades of blue.”
Georgia spent the entire spring semester of fourth grade at home while undergoing the most intense part of her chemotherapy treatment. She had some very bad days, says Courtney, but fought hard with her treatment and returned to school to begin fifth grade in the fall.
“Our family tried to learn from every single day and make something positive of it,” says Courtney. “I think Georgia was already destined for big things and cancer was just something she was going to go through.”
Creating Hope for Others
The family’s blog shares Georgia’s journey and provides helpful information to other families dealing with pediatric cancer. The Moore’s became heavily involved with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, either shaving their heads or volunteering for events. Since Georgia’s diagnosis, she and her family have raised $90,000 for St. Baldrick’s and hope to reach their goal of $100,000 by the end of 2015. They are grateful that their fundraising efforts with St. Baldrick’s will provide clinical trial support to kids right here in Central Texas and across the nation.
This year Georgia will turn 15, celebrates three year off cancer treatment and remains cancer free. She has osteoporosis from her steroid and chemotherapy treatments and suffers from headaches. Fortunately her treatments did not affect her ability to learn and she remains a straight A student at the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders. She served as vice president of her freshman class and is a member of her school’s swim team.
“I love my school and I feel really lucky to be there with so many other girls who love learning as much as I do,” she says. “I have a great group of friends who make me laugh all the time, and my family is really supportive of everything I do.”
Georgia is committed to supporting other kids battling cancer. “There are more kids getting diagnosed with cancer every day. We have to find better treatments and cures as well as find ways to prevent kids from getting cancer in the first place.”
Georgia took her mother’s wisdom to heart and in 2014, she created a beautiful artwork design called “Bluebirds of Happiness.” Her design was chosen to adorn various fundraising items by Drew and Jonathan Scott (also known as the “Property Brothers”) to raise money for childhood cancer.
“It was exciting that a piece of art that I made while going through treatment was used to help other kids fighting cancer,” says Georgia. “I loved seeing all the pictures of people wearing my design on a scarf or t-shirt. It was pretty cool to hear the Property Brothers giving me shout-outs!”