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Woodbury Rallies to Support Cancer Victim

A benefit for youth-sports backer Glen Moon is set for May 19.

Woodbury resident Glen Moon has cancer.

Talking to him, you’d never know it.

It’s Moon’s sense of humor and positive attitude that has helped him cope since he was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in September 2011. He’s undergone chemotherapy, radiation treatment and failed surgeries.

“I’m at peace with it,” Moon said. “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,” he said.

Moon, 50, is known in Woodbury as an ardent supporter of youth sports, and coached his three children as they made their way through local programs.

“To this day, he goes to his players’ younger siblings’ games,” said friend John Wallgren. “He’s certainly someone that you’ll see at all sports, all fields.”

After a Patch interview on Tuesday, Moon was headed to a JV baseball game at .

“He’s a terrific guy,” Wallgren said.

A benefit to help the family with medical bills is scheduled for 1-5 p.m. on May 19 at (the old Throwbacks). Admission is $20 for adults (14 and older) and $10 for kids. Tickets can be ordered online at www.BrownPaperTickets.com—search for Moon Blast. There will be food, live music, a silent auction and cash bar.

“I’m OK with people wanting to help me out,” Moon said. “It’s not a cheap little disease.”

Having grown up in Albert Lea, Moon said seeing the community come together on his behalf is “very cool.”

“It makes Woodbury more of a community to me, to know that it is like every little town across the country,” he said.

Depending on the day and his treatment schedule, Moon’s condition varies. He was feeling good earlier this week.

“Then they’ll zap me again Friday and it starts all over again,” Moon said.

He’s open in talking about his cancer, which didn’t come about because of smoking or diet or some other factor. “I was susceptible,” he said.

The outlook for his recovery is unclear at this point.

“It’s all guesswork,” he said.

Moon said plenty of people 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.”

For more information about the benefit contact Jamie Hegna at 612-308-1979 or Wallgren 651-485-2202. You can also visit his CaringBridge site.

 

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Kathryn Z Berg, MA, CCH May 03, 2012 at 01:59 PM
I don't know Glen. Sounds like a great guy. Don't think he'd agree that he is a cancer "victim". You need to change that headline. How about Cancer Patient, or Cancer Warrior, or something else that is a bit more descriptive of him.
Church May 03, 2012 at 03:57 PM
I worked with Glen for only a few months at the Department of Revenue but in that short amount of time he was one of the funniest and most original people I had ever met. Working in an office all day can be extremely unenjoyable endeavor, but Moon is "that guy." The one that finds ways to make everyone around him laugh and have a great time at work, and thus, helps make the day fly by that much faster. From the first day I showed up to work Moon invited me down to have lunch with him and some of the other guys from the office and not surprisingly it turned into a daily event for me. After I moved on from the Department of Revenue I did see Moon around Woodbury a few times and did get some funny random emails from him, but eventually lost touch with him for the most part. However, I am one of the only 3 Facebook friends that he has... so I guess maybe that means something! But what I remember the most about Glen is the love and admiration he had for his family. He was always bragging about how great his kids were doing in life and how they were excelling at all the different sports they were involved in. To this day I've never met anyone else who put his children first and foremost they way Glen does. And for anyone who is reading this article that has never met Glen, I can tell you that everything is 100% heads on and this is the true kind of guy that Glen is.
Kris Janisch May 03, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Thanks Shawn, I have to say I really enjoyed meeting him.
Gary Rinehart May 04, 2012 at 03:39 AM
Glen is a fantastic guy. Hoping the community backs him as they did me during my treatments!!
Tom Carothers May 22, 2012 at 12:53 AM
Beat this, Glen! You need to stick around awhile.
Kris Janisch September 25, 2012 at 09:17 PM
Looks like the Strib has a story on Glen. http://www.startribune.com/sports/171067321.html

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