Stan Moore- The REAL Tough Mudder
Organized by: Ryan Scully
EVENT DATE Nov 14, 2015
In early July, Stan’s life changed forever. After months of testing and battling the insurance company to have appropriate medical care, he learned that the chondrosarcoma (bone cancer) that caused him to loose his right hip in 1997, would now force him to have his entire leg amputated, up through the pelvis.
Stan, who prides himself on being active and independent, now has the fight of his life to simply sit, stand and learn to walk with assistive devices.
Inspired by Stan as he overcomes cancer with pure will, strength and determination, I, Stan’s nephew, decided to compete in one of the most grueling 24 hour races that you can do- World’s Toughest Mudder Race, all to help support Stan. Please join me in helping raise funds for Stan, who has been helping others much of his life.
Stan served his country overseas as a platoon sergeant during Desert Storm, has been teaching math for over a decade and spent thirteen years as a high school football coach. After marrying Margi, his new step-daughter, Erin, gave birth to his granddaughter, Acadia. A few days later, Erin was hospitalized for three weeks. Stan, with no baby experience whatsoever, became Acadia's primary caregiver during that time. This is the kind of man Stan is.
In 1997, Stan learned he had chondrosarcoma in his right hip. His hip was surgically removed and replaced with a saddle prosthesis. This prosthesis gave him some difficulty and he had surgeries again in 1998 and 1999 before it finally seemed to work correctly. Stan, a former high school football player, avid bowler, lifelong softball player and downhill skier, now had to adjust to life without a hip, gratefully, cancer free. Though Stan's life was significantly altered by his disability, it didn’t keep him from his passion of coaching high school football which he continued for the next twelve years.
The lack of hip required walking with a cane and significant limp but never stopped Stan from helping and supporting those he loves. Unfortunately, because of Stan's disability, the U.S. Army Reserve refused to let Stan reenlist for the last six years of service to his country, denying him his military retirement.
Early in 2015, Stan began experiencing more discomfort in his right leg. In July, his worst fears were confirmed. The cancer had returned. Since chondrosarcoma does not respond to radiation or chemotherapy, doctors had to amputate his right leg. At the time, Stan was working as a teacher and Margi, his wife, had retired to care for their three grandchildren full-time.
The financial ramifications of this procedure and the lengthy rehabilitation are daunting and continue to stress a couple already living on a modest budget. While they are getting some assistance with the medical expenses from insurance, they are still paying a considerable sum out of pocket AND losing the majority of Stan's income for an extended period of time. Home modifications, assistive devices, physical therapy and medical follow-up are very expensive.
Stan's goal is to return to teaching his high school students whom he misses and loves. However, because of the stage and aggressive nature of this most recent chondrosarcoma, Stan will need frequent costly monitoring procedures for years to come.
As Stan learns to walk again with one leg, I am training for the grueling 24 hour, World's Toughest Mudder race. I'm drawing inspiration from the determination that Stan shows as he learns to navigate his "new normal." Stan is approaching rehabilitative physical therapy with the same perseverance and determination that motivates me to train daily.
As I train for the race of my life, Stan is training for the rest of his life.
Please join me in raising funds for Stan, someone who has always helped others and, now, needs our support.