Rushville Republican


February 7, 2014

Sports helps "Rushville's Super Fan" through tough times

From basketball games to soccer games, Mark Moore has been known to be at them all.

Moore, a resident of Rushville since his birth, loves sports. He has been known to be “Rushville’s Super Fan.” After attending his first basketball game with a friend when he was in sixth grade, Moore was hooked.

“I think I was in about sixth grade and my friend Tim came and picked me up,” Moore said. “He was only about 14 at the time and his dad let him take the truck to town and come pick me up and we went to the game. From then I have always loved attending games. I love the atmosphere, the excitement and the close games.”

While Moore loves sports, he has never been able to play them.

“On my third birthday, I jumped off my porch and sprained my left ankle. For two weeks my joint was all swelled up and I couldn’t walk. I even had a rash. My other brought me to town to the doctor and I was told I had juvenile rheumatoid arthritis,” Moore stated. “After that, they said there was nothing they could do for me. I remember for long time after that my dad would carry me around on pillows because it hurt terribly and I couldn’t walk. It was then my great grandma suggested seeing Dr. Donahue in Dublin. The doctor put me on a very high dose of prednisone, a steroid. Seems like the next day I was up riding my tricycle. At this time, I was around five years old.”

With such a high dose of Prednisone, Moore faced new issues.

“I went to another doctor when I was around eight years old and they told me I was on too high of a dose. Over time, the Prednisone had gradually killed my adrenal glands, which helps with growth. I was stuck,” said Moore. “I was three foot something for the rest of my life. After all that, in the meantime when I was about seven years old, I lost my dad in a car accident. I’ve been through a lot in my life and still have to go through tough times.”

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