Komen scholarship helps woman move forward

Emily Moore, an Arapahoe High School graduate, won a scholarship from the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation, awarded to college students who have lost a parent to cancer. She hopes to one day be a pediatrician to honor her mom's love of kids.
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When Emily Moore was just 20, she found herself without a family.

That’s when the only child’s single mom, Diane Armstrong-Moore, lost her valiant and unexpectedly long struggle against breast cancer. Diagnosed in the late stages of the disease, when Emily was just 15, Diane spent much of the next five years in and out of the hospital.

“She never went into remission, so it was a constant battle,” said Emily Moore. But they kept each other strong throughout.

“In order to take care of my mom, I had to take care of myself,” said the Arapahoe High School graduate. “And her motivation to stay alive was to make sure I was thriving.”

Moore balanced taking care of her mom with school and a variety of jobs until her death in 2010, handling things like the sale of her childhood home and finding health insurance for herself.

“I loved every minute, and it was my privilege and honor to take care of her,” said Moore. “... I got through it with my faith in God and my friends.”

She certainly did. And now she'll get some extra help from the Susan G. Komen College Scholarship Program as one of five Komen Ambassadors selected from across the nation.

Currently an undergraduate at Colorado College, Moore will use the scholarship to pursue a premedical course at the University of Colorado. While keeping her options open, she’s interested in becoming a pediatrician and also in public-health advocacy.

“My mother was a really big inspiration,” she said. The stay-at-home mom was a teacher by training, and active in Moore's school, Girl Scouts and more.

“She just had a big heart for children and advocating for them,” said Moore. “That motivated me to show love to the world.”