Woodbury resident Glen Moon has touched the lives of countless local athletes over the years as a youth sports coach.
In December 2011 he was diagnosed with cancer. Earlier this week, Moon decided not to go forward with additional chemotherapy treatments, according to his CaringBridge site.
Friends are planning a tribute for Moon during halftime of the Friday, Feb. 1, basketball game between Woodbury and East Ridge. The game begins at 7:15 p.m.
“Glen has devoted nearly two decades of his life to develop integrity, strong character and improve the skills in every kid he coached,” friend John Wallgren said in an email about the tribute.
Players Moon has coached over the years are invited down to the floor of the Woodbury High School gym to recognize him, Wallgren said.
Patch spoke with Moon in the spring of 2012. He had a decidedly positive outlook on his situation, despite the pain, chemotherapy and failed surgeries.
“I’m at peace with it,” Moon said then. “You can cry or you can laugh. I choose to laugh.”
When one of Moon’s surgeries didn’t go as expected, he asked the doctor for a refund.
“He laughed at that one,” Moon said.
The day of the Patch interview, Moon was headed to a JV baseball game at Woodbury High School.
“To this day, he goes to his players’ younger siblings’ games,” Wallgren said at the time. “He’s certainly someone that you’ll see at all sports, all fields.”
Moon said people often want to treat him with kid gloves because of his cancer.
“Then I’ll throw out a joke about dying,” he said. “You’ve still got to have fun.”
From Wallgren's email:
Where: Woodbury High School, on the court at halftime of basketball game.
When: This Friday at 7:15 p.m. on Feb. 1.
Why: To express our thanks and honor Glen.
Who: Anyone who has been touched by Glen through Woodbury sports (you’ve coached with, played for, played against, friend or family of ... etc). Please join us on the court at half-time. Let’s fill it up!!
What: A microphone will be available if you would like to say a few brief words of thanks. There will be no speeches, we only have a few minutes—literally a few seconds.