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FARMINGTON — Prior to his recent death, a local father of two kept his memory alive by recording favorite bedtime stories for his daughters and writing letters that will be given to them as they grow up.
Paul Moore, 36, died from stage IV kidney cancer March 5. He was diagnosed with the disease in January of 2015 after noticing a lump on his chest. He thought he had possibly torn a muscle, but was shocked to learn he had cancer throughout much of his body, his brother, Glen Moore, said.
Paul Moore's first thoughts after being diagnosed were about his wife and daughters. He wanted to do everything he could to try and overcome the cancer. He underwent surgery, chemotherapy and radiation "willingly and with hope," and never pitied himself, his brother said.
From a very young age, Paul Moore was very kind and a great friend to everyone around him, Glen Moore said.
"He's been such a good friend and such a light and strength … for so long," he said. "When he came down with cancer, everybody just kind of rallied and wanted to help him and do what they could because he'd been such a blessing in their lives since he was young."
Instead of being remembered for the trials he went through, Glen Moore said his brother wanted to be known for being a husband and father.
He wanted to ensure that as his daughters grow up and face challenges or big milestones, they know he is there for them.
"He came up with … messages that he has shared and he will share throughout their lives just to kind of share his love for them and to give them a little bit of fatherly advice," Glen Moore said.
Rather than filling a bucket list with destinations he'd like to travel to before he died, Paul Moore desired to spend time with his family.
His church and community were very supportive of him, which his family very much appreciated since most of them live out of state. Last summer, Farmington resident Ashlyn Chugg helped plan a 5K race and silent auction to raise funds for Paul Moore's family. While planning the event, Chugg and her friends discovered that the Moores were not the only family that needed help. They decided to start The Paul Moore Foundation.
The foundation provides financial support to young families who have a terminally ill parent, Chugg said.
"Paul was a man of selflessness," Chugg said. "He lived his life enjoying small moments all the while seeing the big picture that happiness was found in loving his family and helping others. We hope to make him proud as The Paul Moore Foundation moves forward."
The funeral will take place at 11 a.m. Friday at 549 S. 1525 West in Farmington. Those who wish to donate to his family may do so at their GoFundMe page*.
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