Serving Up Hope

Sports

Madi Moore was born to be an athlete. 

“I knew she was going to be an athlete from a really young age, because she tried pretty much every sport she could do,” Tera Orman, Madi’s mom, said.

In seventh grade, she found the sport that she would love above all others – volleyball. 

“I tried different sports but whenever I watched the games and the older girls play, I really thought I was gonna like it, so when I tried out, I made the team and I just fell in love with the sport,” Moore said.

Tera says volleyball has taught Madi several life lessons, and made her into a strong and passionate young woman, one who can gight even the hardest of life’s battles.

In January 2018, Madi was diagnosed with leukemia. While the illness has kept her from being able to officially play on the Miners Varsity squad, it hasn’t kept her off the court or away from her volleyball family. 

“I just want to be there for my team, and I miss the sport, so I go to as many things as I can,” Madi said.

Madi’s current coaches, Scott and Corianne Vanderkolk, were also her coaches back when she started playing and say she exhibits exactly what the Miners stand for – on and off the court. 

“We preach being better humans than volleyball players, it all comes first, and if you want an Exhibit A, Madi’s it,” Scott said. 

The Vanderkolks and Madi’s teammates have been some of the strongest supporters of Madi during her treatments, considering her battle to be theirs as well. 

“Your heart just breaks, because she’s your girl, and so when it happens to her, it happens to you and we both said that that’s it, whatever it takes to help her fight, we’re gonna fight,” Corianne said.

And fight she has – to not only beat cancer, but to get back on the court and continue doing what she loves. 

“She’s said all along, even in her sickest moments, that she wants to be back with her team,” Tera said.

A goal Madi is getting closer to with the support of a community that loves her.

“I’m just really thankful for them and they’re like family to me, so it’s really awesome,” Madi said.

Madi undergoes a bone marrow transplant at the end of the month. 

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