Park Ridge sisters honored for raising awareness about myeloma

Park Ridge sisters honored for raising awareness about myeloma

  • Three sisters from Park Ridge, all alumni of Maine South High School, were recently honored by nonprofit organization Buddy's HELPERS for their efforts in promoting health awareness.

    Three sisters from Park Ridge, all alumni of Maine South High School, were recently honored by nonprofit organization Buddy's HELPERS for their efforts in promoting health awareness. Courtesy of Natalia Valles Garcia/Buddy's HELPERS

 
Submitted by Joe Trost, Buddy’s HELPERS
Posted6/5/2020 9:49 AM

Three Park Ridge sisters -- who turned their dad's passing into a massive awareness campaign -- were recently brought to tears and smiles by a special surprise.

Lee Moore, a 58-year-old father of three, died from multiple myeloma in April 2019. Since then, his daughters have brought attention to the disease in hopes of saving another child's father from this cancer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 
Three sisters from Park Ridge were recently honored by nonprofit organization Buddy's HELPERS for their efforts in promoting health awareness. From left are Julianna Moore, Sabrina Moore and Angelina Moore.
Three sisters from Park Ridge were recently honored by nonprofit organization Buddy's HELPERS for their efforts in promoting health awareness. From left are Julianna Moore, Sabrina Moore and Angelina Moore. - Courtesy of Natalia Valles Garcia/Buddy's HELPERS

The sisters were recently honored -- in a socially distant ceremony in front of their Park Ridge home -- for engaging and educating the community about the importance of proactive health checkups.

With their school peers and neighbors in attendance, Angelina, Julianna and Sabrina Moore were surprised by the Making A Difference On AND Off The Field campaign and presented with United Airlines gift cards and a check to donate to their favorite local, community-based charity.

The trio has donated countless volunteer hours to local charities and other causes throughout their high school and college careers. From surprising kids with scooters and bikes, collecting donations for homeless shelters and toys for low-income families, they've done a little bit of everything -- including support TopSoccer by working with young athletes with disabilities.

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Three sisters from Park Ridge were recently honored by nonprofit organization Buddy's HELPERS for their efforts in promoting health awareness. The girls' father, Lee Moore, died from multiple myeloma in April 2019. From left are Julianna Moore, Sabrina Moore, Angelina Moore, and their mother, Paula Marie Moore.
Three sisters from Park Ridge were recently honored by nonprofit organization Buddy's HELPERS for their efforts in promoting health awareness. The girls' father, Lee Moore, died from multiple myeloma in April 2019. From left are Julianna Moore, Sabrina Moore, Angelina Moore, and their mother, Paula Marie Moore. - Courtesy of Natalia Valles Garcia/Buddy's HELPERS

But most of all, the sisters continue to shine a spotlight on men's health -- specifically multiple myeloma -- to hopefully save another child and their family from going through this cancer battle.

June is National Men's Health Month. On average, men die five years younger than women and at higher rates from nine of the top 10 causes of death. When it comes to multiple myeloma, it impacts more men than women.

June, which also celebrates Father's Day, is a great time to remind dad to get a physical.

The Making A Difference On AND Off The Field campaign is presented by Buddy's HELPERS and PepsiCo.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 
From left, Julianna Moore, Sabrina Moore, Angelina Moore, and their mother, Paula Marie Moore were honored for bringing awareness to multiple myeloma, which their father died from in 2019.
From left, Julianna Moore, Sabrina Moore, Angelina Moore, and their mother, Paula Marie Moore were honored for bringing awareness to multiple myeloma, which their father died from in 2019. - Courtesy of Natalia Valles Garcia/Buddy's HELPERS

In partnership with Buddy's HELPERS, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit, the PepsiCo Showdown Series uses the power of sport to unite high school student athletes and teachers/coaches in an annual community service campaign to help enhance the lives of others.

This is the 53rd consecutive month in which this surprise honor has been awarded to a student athlete or teacher/coach in the area.

Angelina was an all-state soccer player at Maine South and is studying Health Sciences at DePaul University. Julianna ran track and played soccer at Maine South. She will play soccer and begin studying Biomedical Engineering at IIT, while Sabrina will play women's soccer and run women's track in college, majoring in occupational therapy this fall, too.

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