After Waxahachie High School 2007 graduate Jarrod Moore missed his senior prom due to illness, employees at Bealls department store swung into action.
“Andra Curry, who has been employed by Bealls for several years, started talking it up, made a few phone calls, and it was largely because of her that the arrangements were made for Jarrod to have his belated prom date,” assistant manager Patricia Lacy said, noting everything from transportation to dinner was taken care of.
After Jarrod and his date, Anna Hall, climbed into the back seat of a new black H3 Hummer furnished by Carlisle Chevrolet, Bealls manager Stuart Stephenson took the wheel, serving as chauffeur for the evening on the town.
Compliments of all Bealls employees, the young couple’s evening would include a trip to Medieval Times in Dallas, Lacy said.
Jarrod has battled leukemia for the past year and received his final chemo treatment the week prior to graduation.
As the Hummer left, Jarrod’s father, Don Moore, said reports are good for his son.
“We just found out a few days ago that Jarrod isn’t even going to need a bone marrow transplant, which made us all very glad,” Moore said. “We know it is due to the prayers of people everywhere that Jarrod is recovering so well, and I just cannot say enough about Principal David Nix.
“He has helped us in so many ways, and all through the school year he told me to call him if there was ever anything we needed. I have his number on my cell phone speed dial,” Moore said.
Moore said his son has “just always been a good kid. He’s an excellent student, writer and loves poetry. He’s a video game freak, and he loves to listen to people and try to help them solve their problems.”
For his future plans, Jarrod intends to pursue a degree in psychology and hopes to attend the University of North Texas in Denton.