Alyasha Owerka-Moore was diagnosed with colon cancer in early August 2022, after a routine checkup. Treatment began immediately and a few weeks later Alyasha underwent a colectomy procedure to remove a cancerous mass. Post-surgery, a biopsy of the mass further revealed that the cancer had advanced into stage 3 and that testing of the lymph nodes would also be necessary. The oncology results confirmed that indeed cancer was present in a lymph node and that an aggressive form of chemotherapy treatment would be necessary. Just two months after diagnosis, ‘Aly’ has begun a heavy chemo regiment that will involve twelve, three-day infusions for the next six months. This is not going to be an easy road for him, but Alyasha is facing it with all of the fortitude, optimism, and humor that he can. The Alyasha trademark chuckle remains intact.
We’ve started this gofundme to help Alyasha with both his medical bills and living expenses while undergoing what we all hope are saving procedures. The thing about our brother Alyasha is that if you know him, you know that over the course of his storied career shaping culture in skateboarding, music, design, brand building, and so much more, Alyasha Owerka-Moore has always been there for others. His innate ability to recognize, mentor and amplify talent in others, simply because it brings him joy to see them win, has always been a signature part of his charm. Simply put, Alyasha has spent most of his life taking care of everyone else. It’s our turn to take care of the guy who has inspired and directly influenced so many of ours.
While we know many of you will want to reach out to Alyasha directly, at this time in the interest of his healing and the work he has ahead, we ask that you please refrain from blowing up his phone or social media and instead leave as many positive and encouraging notes below. This page will be updated regularly to keep everyone abreast of Aly’s recovery and progress. Thank you for however you are able to contribute to this effort.