Benefit meal draws 480 people for Moore family

Luke Moore BenefitLuke Moore reads a homemade card from fellow members of Hillsboro High School Class of 2012 during the benefit meal held in his honor last Wednesday. Class members also presented Moore with a check for $550, the amount left over in the class account. Pictured with Moore are classmates and friends from high school: (from left)?Courtney Weber, Krista Reimer, Aaron Klaassen, Katie Kliewer, Amy Bartel, Dave Nelson, Josh Richert, Dylan Nelson and Luke Moore. About 480 people were served at the benefit meal, according to Debbie Allen, one of the event organizers. ?We felt we had a fantastic evening, and we were really pleased with the number of people who came out that night,? she said. Moore, who was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma June 24, began chemotherapy July 8. He will have about 12 weeks of treatment, followed by surgery to remove a malignant tumor located behind his right knee. He will undergo additional chemotherapy after the surgery. According to Allen, the benefit dinner was the brainchild of Tyler Ediger and his mother, Rhonda. From there, Moore?s classmates, Jesse Allen (son of Rusty and Debbie) and Grant Shewey (son of Andy and Kerry) joined the effort, and the three families formed the committee. More than 50 volunteers help with the event, with several businesses making donations, Allen said. All proceeds from the event went to the Moore family. The Luke Moore Benefit Fund remains open for donations at the Hillsboro State Bank.

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