When baby Blaze was in the hospital, the community helped Lisa Moore, Blaze’s mother, by doing things such as donating money in buckets at convenience stores so Moore could stay with her son during the surgeries and chemotherapy treatments to treat his liver cancer. Complete strangers paid her rent.
Blaze was 13 months old when he died, but Moore remembers how crucial the community’s help was and decided to give back. Last year Moore started Blaze of Hope, a nonprofit that provides financial assistance to families of children hospitalized with life-threatening conditions.
“During his treatments, I was able to be a mom,” Moore said. “I was able to sleep in the hospital bed with him every night and I was lucky enough to not be forced to miss a single precious moment of time with him. I am forever grateful.”