Last May, thousands of people attending the Waxahachie High School graduation ceremony at Potter’s House in Grand Prairie rose to their feet and cheered for graduating senior Jarrod Moore.
About three months into his senior year, Jarrod was diagnosed with leukemia and the following months were spent battling against seemingly insurmountable odds. But he made the trip across the stage on graduation night and received his high school diploma, giving little thought to the mask he had to wear over his face because of his weakened immune system.
The disease may have kept him from his senior activities, but thanks to the employees of Beall’s department store, Jarrod and a friend, Anna Hall, were treated to a belated prom in early June with a night out at Medieval Times in Dallas. The couple was transported in a H3 Hummer, courtesy of Carlisle Chevrolet, and chauffeured by Bealls manager, Stuart Stephenson.
Today, in keeping with the goals he set for himself in high school, Jarrod is pursuing his studies in psychology at University of North Texas.
In an interview, his father said he is doing fine.
“(Jarrod) just went to the doctor a week ago and received an excellent report,” Don Moore said. “He’s going back to the doctor in April for another bone marrow test and, if it turns out to be clean, he may get his port removed.”
Moore said his son still takes one chemo tablet per day, but his two visits per month to the doctor have been reduced to only one since the new year began. The visits consist of regular blood tests.
“He’s just loving school,” said Moore, saying his son tries to stay in contact with his (high school) friends, but it is difficult with the schedule he keeps.
In a phone interview, Jarrod shared his father’s excitement over the progress he has made health-wise.
“College is great and I have had no further problems so hopefully, within about six months, I’ll be getting rid of the port,” Jarrod said, saying he likes most of his classes at the University of North Texas, where he’s earned “three A’s and one B.”
Jarrod said he’s excited about his hair growing back.
“My hair was straight and dark, dark brown before the chemo treatments and now it’s a little lighter,” Jarrod said, with his father hinting his son’s “not too excited” about it growing back “wavy.”
Jarrod is already taking psychology courses in his pursuit of a degree in psychology and counseling, with his ultimate goal to become a counselor. He wants to work with clients who are going through major health issues and he said he believes his own health experiences will be beneficial in his work.
Asked what the summer holds for him, Jarrod cited several options.
“I plan to either come home and work during the summer or perhaps spend summer months in Kentucky with my mother or I might stay here and take some courses,” he said. “I just appreciate all the support and prayers of all my friends back home and I’m so thankful I have God in my life.”
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