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Auburn fundraising effort starts for paramedic facing kidney transplant

By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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AUBURN CA - Larry Moore has spent more than half his lifetime on the job helping others. Now the 43-year-old paramedic with American Medical Response is in need of help himself. Moore, whose work with the ambulance service includes several years in Auburn, is the subject of a fund-raising drive that starts with a dinner-dance in Auburn next Sunday and a golf tournament in Lincoln on Oct. 22. The father of four is awaiting a double-kidney transplant that will restore kidney functions now down to 10 percent, said fellow paramedic Nicole Oakland, organizer of Sunday’s fundraiser at the Power’s Mansion Inn in Auburn. Moore started in his late teens as a paramedic and has worked in Auburn and Roseville since his early 20s, helping save people’s lives in everything from auto crashes to at-home emergencies. Funds raised Sunday and Monday – and in a fundraising partnership with area Chili’s restaurants later this fall – will help defray costs for Moore and his family during the coming months, Oakland said. “It’s scary to think what can happen when you serve the public every day,” Oakland said. “Larry has been amazing. He’s not one of those guys who drinks himself into kidney failure. He doesn’t’ drink. He’s a family man and a godly man. And we can at least be part of the solution.” Firefighters, police and paramedics who work with and know Moore have already bought tickets at $20 apiece for Sunday's “The Moore Kidney Function," Oakland said. Tickets are also available at the door for $25. The Power’s Mansion is at 195 Harrison Ave., in Auburn. The event is from 6-11 p.m. Oakland said businesses and individuals have also been generous with donations for raffles and door prizes. Organizers have already amassed more than 25 gift cards, tickets and other prizes, she said. “Everyone has been just amazing,” Oakland said. Moore said Friday that he’s grateful and also amazed by the help he’s getting as supporters organize events that will help pay the bills when he’s off the job during and after the double transplant surgery. With the aid of drugs to keep his red-blood cell count up, Moore said he is able to remain on the job without feeling “all that ill.” After surgery, his doctor has warned him that continuing as a paramedic could pose some challenges because he has to be careful not to contract any respiratory illnesses. “He’s wasn’t going to say I can’t be a paramedic, but it has made me think about the possibilities of management and teaching,” Moore said. Moore, a Sacramento-area resident, said he started to train for his career while taking part in a Boy Scout program that allowed him to ride along on ambulances for three years, starting at 15. He was an emergency medical technician at 18 and has been a paramedic since 1992. His ambulance work was based in Auburn until four years ago, when he transferred to Roseville. “The biggest thing people can do to help is just attend the function,” Moore said. “And they’re still looking for kidney donors so people may want to find out if they can donate.” Oakland can be reached at (916) 519-4882 for tickets. “Larry has dedicated his career to helping those in need and now is the time for us to give back to someone who has given so much,” Oakland said.