It’s been a busy week in the Moores household and it will be capped off when the family of seven attend the Adelaide Thunderbirds last home game of the season tonight.
On Tuesday, Grace Moores was visited by superstar Katy Perry when the eight-year-old was unable to attend Perry’s concert after undergoing her second major operation last Wednesday.
In April, Grace was diagnosed with brain cancer with a six centimetre tumour found. Since the diagnosis Grace and her mum, Marie, have spent time in and out of hospital, and Grace’s older sisters Aleysha, 13, and Tiana, 16, have supported their sister in any way possible.
It was Tiana who captured Perry’s attention via Twitter, which resulted in the surprise visit and concert at the family home.
In July Aleysha – a huge Adelaide Thunderbirds fan – shaved off all her hair to raise funds for the Children’s Cancer Foundation.
Following Aleysha’s generous act of support for her sister, the Moores’ family friend Nikki Barnard contacted the Adelaide Thunderbirds to see if the club could provide free tickets for Aleysha to attend a home game.
“She lives and breathes netball and loves the Thunderbirds so I was wondering if you would be able to organise something special for her and maybe some tickets for her family. This would absolutely make her day,” Nikki wrote.
Aleysha said, “Shaving off my hair was a big thing to do, but I’m happy I did it to support my sister.”
“Since Grace was diagnosed in April it’s been a roller coaster, but we’ve had good news in the last week and more will come.”
With the big game just hours away Aleysha said she’s looking forward to seeing her favourite players Chelsea Pitman and Kate Shimmin take to the court.
Aleysha plays netball for Garnets and Central Districts netball clubs and has also been selected in the Northern Metropolitan Academy.
“I play goal defence mainly, but for Central Districts I’m sometimes put in the mid court.”
Aleysha said her goal is to play for the Adelaide Thunderbirds.
Marie thanked Nikki for getting in touch with the Thunderbirds and the club for the tickets.
“Ever since Grace’s diagnosis our friends have been so supportive and wonderful.”