SPARTANBURG — Betty Ann Moore was diagnosed with colon cancer in 1999 and passed away three years later.
“We understood that our mother was sick and that she would pass away, but understanding long-term what that really means when you’re 17 or 18 years old is very difficult,” said Betty Ann’s son, John Moore. “To have this program — something to go back and touch on that’s palpable, that’s real, that was a part of her — is a great benefit to us.”
Colon cancer is the third-leading cause of cancer-related death and can be detected and treated earlier through colonoscopy screenings. In honor of their mother, John Moore and Anne Brady Moore Carlson were moved to create the Betty Ann Moore Colon Cancer Fund within the Spartanburg Regional Foundation. They wanted the funds raised to provide screenings that would help others catch the illness earlier than their mother was able to.
“I really loved my mom and she was taken from me when I was a sophomore in college,” said Anne Brady. “I have two beautiful daughters and I want them to know that she was a good person, and this program allows me to do that.”
John and Anne Brady, along with friends of the family, have made a challenge matching gift of $35,000 to grow the Betty Ann Moore Colon Cancer Fund to serve more people in need. All gifts and commitments to the fund over the next six months up to $35,000 will be matched one to one through this challenge gift.
Donations to this fund go to underinsured and uninsured people in the Spartanburg community who cannot afford colonoscopy screenings.
“Since its creation, the Betty Ann Moore Colon Cancer Fund has provided more than 200 free colonoscopy screenings,” said Kristy Caradori, Foundation executive director. “This fund has been instrumental in our community by creating awareness for cancer screenings.”
John and Anne Brady feel the fund is an important way to aid the community while honoring their mother.
“I don’t think we would be honoring her like we should if we didn’t do this,” John said. “I feel it is an absolute obligation we have to her and to this community.”
To donate to the Betty Ann Moore Colon Cancer Fund, visit RegionalFoundation.com.
About the Spartanburg Regional Foundation
The Spartanburg Regional Foundation is a charitable organization whose primary mission is to benefit the Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System through direct support of community programs and services that share Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System’s mission of providing quality health care to our community.
About Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System
Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System (SRHS) offers a full spectrum of services through four hospitals: Spartanburg Medical Center, Pelham Medical Center, Spartanburg Hospital for Restorative Care and Union Medical Center. SRHS also includes Ellen Sagar Nursing Center, 113-bed long-term care, skilled nursing facility that offers nursing care and rehabilitation services. SRHS provides unparalleled oncological care through the Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute. The multidisciplinary Medical Group of the Carolinas has more than 300 physicians across seven counties in two states. SRHS employs nearly 6,000 associates and offers outpatient surgery centers, a vibrant post-acute division, a Level I Trauma Center, and Advicare, a licensed Health Maintenance Organization (HMO). Advicare provides Medicaid services to residents throughout the state of South Carolina. U.S. News and World Report ranked Spartanburg Medical Center the No. 1 regional hospital in South Carolina in 2014-15. The Commission on Cancer gave Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute its Outstanding Achievement Award.
This story was submitted by the Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System.