Moore family overjoyed by outpouring of community support

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

Debbie Moore hasn't had much to smile about in recent months, but the outpouring of community support from Flamborough residents has touched her to the core.

For the past four months, the west Flamborough mother of three has focused her efforts on keeping her 10-month-old son, Jacob, alive and well. It has been a battle, but there now appears to have been a turning point that will allow Jacob to come home from hospital this Friday.

Since friends, neighbours and area residents learned of Jacob's struggle for life after being born with a hole in his heart, there has been a groundswell of support for the Moore family which includes Jacob's father, Craig and young siblings, Emma, 5 and Billy, 4. That support came to a culmination last Friday night at a fund-raising dance and auction held at the Waterdown Legion. The dance, along with a "Hearts for Jacob" project which involved volunteers selling paper hearts for a donation of $2 at Sobeys and the Flamborough YMCA resulted in $10,000 being raised for the Moores.

During Jacob's four-month hospital stay, including stints at the Sick Children's Hospital in Toronto and more recently at McMaster University Children's Hospital, his parents were saddled with extra expenses for transportation, accommodation and food. The funds raised at the dance and through the paper heart sales, will "help tremendously," Debbie said this week. "It will help us not to worry about our mortgage and ease our minds."

The Moores, who attended the dance, are extremely grateful for the support that they have received. "Thanks again to everyone who took the time to care," Debbie said. She also expressed her gratitude to the more than 75 businesses and companies that made generous donations for the fundraising dance. "It was very thoughtful of everyone to think of us during this time."

The family's heartfelt thanks also goes out to the many volunteers who helped out at the dance and selling the paper hearts. "It is very touching to see how much our community cares," Debbie said.

Another big 'thank you' goes to Millgrove area resident, Ruth Larkin, and Waterdown resident, Angela Damaia, for organizing the dance and "Hearts for Jacob" project. "We can't even imagine all the time and effort they put into these fundraising events," Debbie said. "They will forever be a part of our family."

The "Jacob's Fight" account, set up at the CIBC bank in Waterdown, remains active. Anyone wanting to make a donation is advised that the account number is 88-55935 and the transit number is 01762.

As for Jacob, he is progressing well. He is now taking his formula and medications by mouth and has been eating cereal and veggies as well.

He was given a few day passes this week to go home and adjust to life with his family. He is scheduled to be discharged today and, if all goes as planned, he'll be allowed to stay home sheltered by the love and support of his family.

Moore family overjoyed by outpouring of community support

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

Debbie Moore hasn't had much to smile about in recent months, but the outpouring of community support from Flamborough residents has touched her to the core.

For the past four months, the west Flamborough mother of three has focused her efforts on keeping her 10-month-old son, Jacob, alive and well. It has been a battle, but there now appears to have been a turning point that will allow Jacob to come home from hospital this Friday.

Since friends, neighbours and area residents learned of Jacob's struggle for life after being born with a hole in his heart, there has been a groundswell of support for the Moore family which includes Jacob's father, Craig and young siblings, Emma, 5 and Billy, 4. That support came to a culmination last Friday night at a fund-raising dance and auction held at the Waterdown Legion. The dance, along with a "Hearts for Jacob" project which involved volunteers selling paper hearts for a donation of $2 at Sobeys and the Flamborough YMCA resulted in $10,000 being raised for the Moores.

During Jacob's four-month hospital stay, including stints at the Sick Children's Hospital in Toronto and more recently at McMaster University Children's Hospital, his parents were saddled with extra expenses for transportation, accommodation and food. The funds raised at the dance and through the paper heart sales, will "help tremendously," Debbie said this week. "It will help us not to worry about our mortgage and ease our minds."

The Moores, who attended the dance, are extremely grateful for the support that they have received. "Thanks again to everyone who took the time to care," Debbie said. She also expressed her gratitude to the more than 75 businesses and companies that made generous donations for the fundraising dance. "It was very thoughtful of everyone to think of us during this time."

The family's heartfelt thanks also goes out to the many volunteers who helped out at the dance and selling the paper hearts. "It is very touching to see how much our community cares," Debbie said.

Another big 'thank you' goes to Millgrove area resident, Ruth Larkin, and Waterdown resident, Angela Damaia, for organizing the dance and "Hearts for Jacob" project. "We can't even imagine all the time and effort they put into these fundraising events," Debbie said. "They will forever be a part of our family."

The "Jacob's Fight" account, set up at the CIBC bank in Waterdown, remains active. Anyone wanting to make a donation is advised that the account number is 88-55935 and the transit number is 01762.

As for Jacob, he is progressing well. He is now taking his formula and medications by mouth and has been eating cereal and veggies as well.

He was given a few day passes this week to go home and adjust to life with his family. He is scheduled to be discharged today and, if all goes as planned, he'll be allowed to stay home sheltered by the love and support of his family.

Moore family overjoyed by outpouring of community support

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

Debbie Moore hasn't had much to smile about in recent months, but the outpouring of community support from Flamborough residents has touched her to the core.

For the past four months, the west Flamborough mother of three has focused her efforts on keeping her 10-month-old son, Jacob, alive and well. It has been a battle, but there now appears to have been a turning point that will allow Jacob to come home from hospital this Friday.

Since friends, neighbours and area residents learned of Jacob's struggle for life after being born with a hole in his heart, there has been a groundswell of support for the Moore family which includes Jacob's father, Craig and young siblings, Emma, 5 and Billy, 4. That support came to a culmination last Friday night at a fund-raising dance and auction held at the Waterdown Legion. The dance, along with a "Hearts for Jacob" project which involved volunteers selling paper hearts for a donation of $2 at Sobeys and the Flamborough YMCA resulted in $10,000 being raised for the Moores.

During Jacob's four-month hospital stay, including stints at the Sick Children's Hospital in Toronto and more recently at McMaster University Children's Hospital, his parents were saddled with extra expenses for transportation, accommodation and food. The funds raised at the dance and through the paper heart sales, will "help tremendously," Debbie said this week. "It will help us not to worry about our mortgage and ease our minds."

The Moores, who attended the dance, are extremely grateful for the support that they have received. "Thanks again to everyone who took the time to care," Debbie said. She also expressed her gratitude to the more than 75 businesses and companies that made generous donations for the fundraising dance. "It was very thoughtful of everyone to think of us during this time."

The family's heartfelt thanks also goes out to the many volunteers who helped out at the dance and selling the paper hearts. "It is very touching to see how much our community cares," Debbie said.

Another big 'thank you' goes to Millgrove area resident, Ruth Larkin, and Waterdown resident, Angela Damaia, for organizing the dance and "Hearts for Jacob" project. "We can't even imagine all the time and effort they put into these fundraising events," Debbie said. "They will forever be a part of our family."

The "Jacob's Fight" account, set up at the CIBC bank in Waterdown, remains active. Anyone wanting to make a donation is advised that the account number is 88-55935 and the transit number is 01762.

As for Jacob, he is progressing well. He is now taking his formula and medications by mouth and has been eating cereal and veggies as well.

He was given a few day passes this week to go home and adjust to life with his family. He is scheduled to be discharged today and, if all goes as planned, he'll be allowed to stay home sheltered by the love and support of his family.