We had the good fortune of connecting with Stefan Moore and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Stefan, what do you want your legacy to be?
It’s not my legacy that I care about. It’s my daughter’s. My daughter, Ashley, who is no longer physically here to make this world a better place. Cancer Response Team is her legacy, and she will live on through every child and family that it touches. Ashley died from brain cancer at the age of 13. Before she died, I made a promise to her that I would do everything possible to help the lives of other children battling cancer. There is an immense need to offer complementary therapies and treatments to support families who choose to pursue a truly integrative approach to cancer treatment – one that combines the best that conventional medicine and natural medicine have to offer. An evidence based integrative approach to cancer has the potential to reduce side effects and improve effectiveness; ultimately improving both quality of life and prognosis. Shockingly enough, a majority of these treatments are not covered by traditional insurance, and can be outrageously expensive. Cancer Response Team was created, in Ashley’s honor, to help families with these expenses. We are 100% committed to assisting financially with treatment costs until we can one day celebrate the child’s remission and a new chance at a healthy and fulfilling life. Ashley Marie Moore made Cancer Response Team come to life and we are so thankful and blessed that we’re able to help so many families because of her brave battle.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Trying to form our nonprofit organization was a huge undertaking and we’ve encountered countless learning curves and have had many sleepless nights trying to get Cancer Response Team off the ground. We are making progress. We are growing. We are helping families every day. The “struggle” bringing our one of a kind organization to life was, and continues to be, the most rewarding, most incredible feeling you can ever experience. Helping children fight cancer! We are a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children get supportive cancer care. We do so by providing their families with financial assistance for integrative and complementary cancer therapies from time of diagnosis, up to six months post treatment. Cancer Response Team benefits children who have been diagnosed with cancer and are in need of financial support associated with their treatment plans, such as (but not limited to): naturopathic visits, supplements, IV-nutrition, oncology massage, child life services, chiropractic care, nutritional counseling and travel expenses.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
We love traveling to Sedona, Arizona. It is such a unique town. The weather is generally cooler than in the Phoenix area, and the scenery is breathtaking. Sedona is know for its Red Rock formations which are amazing to see. The area is filled with hiking and biking trails, the Coconion National Forest, and many little shops and restaurants that are different and unique, because they aren’t corporate chains. It’s a great place to get away from the busy “hustle and bustle” or being at home, and to truly enjoy and appreciate nature.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to give a huge shout out to all of our supporters, volunteers, donors and especially my amazing board of directors team, who are the ones who work tirelessly, show a true compassion for our childhood cancer community and hold our organization together. The support we receive is simply amazing and I am so proud of the incredible work that is being done to help our childhood cancer community.