A student at Ward Melville High School who survived a rare form of childhood cancer was named one of the five ambassadors of the St. Baldric Foundation nationwide this year.
Alexa Moore, a junior at East Setau Kit School, was diagnosed with clear cell sarcoma of the kidney at the age of three and was treated with stem cell collection, blood transfusions, and eight radiation therapies. She has been in remission for 13 years.
As an ambassador, Moore shares her story and encourages others to join the Foundation.
“Childhood cancer doesn’t stop,” Moore, 16, said. “As a cancer survivor, I find it important to raise awareness and raise money to find a cure for this horrific disease. Together, we can all make a difference. I can do it.”
Moore has been raising awareness of cancer since she was four years old when her mother, Debbie, began talking about fighting students in the Sachem Central School District, a teacher of special education.
She also organized a headshaving fundraiser at RC Murphy Middle School in Stony Brook two years ago, raising over $ 12,000 and currently coordinating a virtual headshaving event in May.
Moore’s other activities include becoming a member of her school’s student union and volunteering for the non-profit Strength for Life.