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Today, thousands of high school students in
the Hunter will head off to school. It would
be fair to say that a small percentage, if not
today then another day, will battle it out
with their parents about not wanting to
go; fighting from the comfort of their bed,
a safe-haven from which to surf Facebook,
avoid incomplete homewo rk or perhaps
just to get some extra sleep.
Thirteen year old Jacob Moore from St
Catherine’s Catholic College Singleton, has
spent too many school days in bed, but not
Instead of battling to stay in bed to avoid
school, this determined teenager is battling
his parents to let him go to school because
for Jacob, normality and routine, which
comes in the form of school, is a luxury.
Since he was six months old, Jacob has
suffered from a rare brain cancer. He
has grown up with adults and a family of
doctors and nurses who have supported
him from his hospital bed through
numerous rounds of chemotherapy,
remission a nd radiation therapy.
“He just wants to be normal, to be treated
the same as everyone else and not
differently”, says dad Nigel. “ He’s a modest,
mature, little old man but it’s hard to slow
Jacob up; he’s had a rough trot but nothing
will stop him .
“If he starts chemotherapy on a Thursday
afternoon, he’ll actually still try to get to
school that morning because he enjoys
what he does at St Cath’s. He always
pushes the limits.”
Other than normality, studying and the
opportunity to see his friends, Jacob
loves going to school because he is able
to further his passion for agriculture by
doing an after-school cattle class. He was
recently selected to showcase cat tle on
behalf of his school at the Sydney Royal
Growing up on the land and mustering
cattle on his motorbike, Jacob says he has
always had a special bond with cattle and
credits the land for helping him to take his
mind off things.
“ I love cattle. I’ve grown up surrounded
by them and have been crushed, stepped
on and kicked, but I just love them and it’s
great that I can work with them at school
too”, he said.
A self-described “hooligan” on his bike,
Jacob knows that the risks associated with
riding his bike and handling cattle are even
greater given his condition. “ Some people
want me wrapped in cotton wool but
being out there helps take my mind off
things. The treatment is hard. I get upset
and cranky but you have to look for light at
the end of the tunnel. Every time I get hurt,
I’m back on my feet. It’s a risk I’m willing to
take. People say I’m remarkable, but I just
think I’m n or mal.”
Nigel says he, his wife Heidi and daughter
Hannah are among the many people who
think Jacob is remarkable.
“He’s had a hard life. It’s not an easy road
but it’s made our family stronger and he’s
so determined to make the most of
And what does the future have in store for
Jacob after school?
THERE’S NO STOPPING
“ I want to study at Tocal Agricultural College,
spend 12 months in the Nor thern Territory
being a jackaroo and then come home and start
up by own Brahman Stud in the Hunter.”
As Nigel says, “There’s just no stopping Jacob!”.
As this article goes to print, Jacob is coming to the end of
his fifth r ound of ch emother apy and cou ldn’t be happier
about it. His family would like to acknowledge the ongoing
sup por t of Dr Frank Al varo at the John Hu nter Hospital
a nd all t hose who suppor t Jacob.
Jacob Moore in his element at St Catherine's
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