SITE IS UNDER NEW CONSTRUCTION DUE TO CHANGING THE HOSTING
Amy Poore is the eldest daughter of Anthony and Sylvia Poore's four daughters.
I say (is) because though Amy has left the earth, she will always live in our hearts. After growing up in Severna Park, Maryland, Amy went on to earn her teaching degree at Loch Haven University in Pennsylvania. Amy began her teaching career in Hanover, Pennsylvania.
In the spring of 1998, Amy began having headaches and memory loss. After months of testing, a CAT scan revealed a Glioblastoma brain tumor. Dr. Steven Powers of the Hershey Medical Center performed a flawless surgery but due to the nature of the tumor, Dr. Powers could not remove all of it from the brain stem and optic nerve without risking blindness and possible paralysis.
Amy endured the standard regimen of Radiation and Chemotherapy well but in January of 1999, the tumor had metastasized to her spine in the form of Meduloblastoma tumors, six in all. At this point there was no hope of recovery as the tumors were deemed inoperable.
Up to March of 1999 Amy remained weak but upbeat and confined to a wheelchair. By the middle of March, Amy was in a comatose state. Hospice was called in and on April 8, 1999 Amy quietly succumbed to her disease.
The story I could write would fill a book. I can never repay the wonder staff at Hershey Medical Center, the surgical unit, the radiation and chemotherapy professionals as well. Hospice care is an invaluable service who were incredible. To my huge and generous family, my many friends and neighbors and above all, my wife Sylvia and our daughters Raegan, Stacey and Stephanie who had a life experience many years too soon. You were so loving and brave and I thank you.
Amy never shed a tear or pitied herself or gave up fighting her disease. She is the bravest person I've ever come to know.
So now, having walked the walk, It's time to give back and honor Amy with a non-profit 501(c)3 foundation called Artists 4 Amy. As the owners of Shooting Star Productions, a concert and event production company, we have partnered with our many artists, venues, clubs and friends to promote concerts and music events to raise money to assist families caring for seriously and terminally ill children.
Caring for a sick child places tremendous emotional, physical and financial strain on a family.
The mission of Artists 4 Amy is to provide assistance to those families with financial needs. Through our concerts and events we will dedicate the net proceeds to our partner beneficiaries like the Johns Hopkins Child Life Center, the Harriette Lane Clinic, Chesapeake Hospice and many many individuals.
With your help and the generous participation of our artists, partners and associates, we can make a difference in the lives of others in need.
Artists 4 Amy will continue to assist families with expenses like rent, mortgages, utilities, medications and medical equipment, food, car repairs, medical second opinions and much more.
Tony and Sylvia Poore