Madeline Bridges once said, "Give to the world the best you have, and the best will come back to you."
The American poet died 63 years before John Moore was born, but had she known him, she would have been inspired to write more poems about generosity.
Many of you have read about the Moore's tragic accident in the aftermath of the devastating windstorm that swept through the midwest Sept. 14.
The Springboro resident and 2002 SHS graduate was helping his best friend remove a damaged tree when it fell on his head and injured his back, causing paralysis to the lower half of his body. He underwent surgery and a little over two weeks of in-patient rehab at Miami Valley Hospital. After amazing his physical therapists and surpassing his therapy goals, he and his wife, Meredyth, were able to return home together on Oct. 1.
Moore is a paramedic, Kettering firefighter and community volunteer. He had just started his own handyman business. He is a regular volunteer at SouthBrook Christian Church in Miamisburg, and volunteers as a 'jack of all trades' at The Academy at Minds in Motion in Springboro.
A group of Moore's friends are hosting a 'Moore Hands Working Together' benefit to raise funds to help the family with expenses. The event will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, at SouthBrook, 9095 Washington Church Road. Tickets cost $20 each and $50 per family.
This is an event for the entire family and will feature face painting, balloons, a bounce house, live band, raffles, and refreshments.
"Johnny has served so many people. Now it is our turn to serve him," said Gina Pangalangan, principal of The Academy at Minds In Motion.
"He is such an enthusiastic and positive person who has touched so many lives in our community. Let's work together to give him a hand."
Anyone who can donate supplies, time and woodworking skills to help Moore live independently in his home are greatly appreciated.
Monetary donations to the John Moore Fund are also being accepted. Make checks payable to John and Meredyth Moore and send them to Minds in Motion School, 11 Sycamore Creek Drive, Springboro, OH 45066.
Volunteers can send an
e-mail to director@mindsin
Moore has offered his love and support to others throughout his life, and, like a boomerang, that same love and support has come back to him. You can view his story/journal and leave messages for him at caringbridge.org/visit/johnmoore.
As of Oct. 1, he and Meredyth had received about 300 supportive messages from family and friends.
"It's been wonderful coming to this site and seeing all of your postings and hearing all of the encouraging words," Moore wrote.
"We are beginning the adventure of adapting to home life. Meredyth and I are very excited to spend so much more time together and to just be under the same roof together again.
"I thank you all for the support and prayers we have both received from all of you."
Contact this reporter by phone at 748-3487 or email at PamDillon@woh.rr.com.