In early June of 2014, husband and father Michael Moore was diagnosed with Advanced RCC (Renal Cell Carcinoma). RCC is a kidney cancer—a deadly one, often resistant to radiation and chemotherapy.
At the point of his diagnosis, Michael had about two months to live. Two months left with his family—his wife, Veata, two sons, Michael Jr. and Myles, and a daughter, LaDerica. Two months of treatments while the cancer moved through his body.
The twist to this story, however, is that Michael was taken by the very diseases he spent the last seven years fighting for other people. Yes—you read that right. Michael’s work saved lives. Lives of people suffering from illnesses very much like his own.
How does an Inventory Associate at a warehouse save lives? Well, this wasn’t just any warehouse—and Michael wasn’t just any employee. Michael Moore worked at the McKesson Specialty Health Distribution Center in Memphis, TN. Every day, the warehouse receives and consequently ships drugs for countless illnesses—many of which are oncology-related. These drugs are often shipped overnight for urgent treatments or surgeries—and it’s vital that the shipments arrive flawlessly for the patients who are counting on the drugs.
Sound easy? It isn’t. Shipping drugs is a meticulous process that operates on something of a hair trigger. If the slightest thing goes wrong—weather delays, shipment issues, even a box not packed with absolute precision—the drugs are ruined. Valuable drugs. Drugs that are powerful and hard to obtain. Michael understood the importance of his work—and even spent time away from his family to help other sites when they were shorthanded.
Michael’s job was a lot of pressure, and a lot of hard work—and it took a lot of heart. But that’s what Michael Moore did, every single day. He saved lives.
Michael never saw his 33rd birthday. He passed away this past weekend. But we can’t begin to measure the impact Michael had in his too-brief life. He went to work each day to ensure that others with similar problems would see their next birthdays, would go home to spend time with their families—and had the drugs they needed to get better.
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