Dylan Moore Days is not only about celebrating the life of a special little boy that the community adopted as the "Roanoke Valley Cowboy"; it is also about "paying it forward". The Moore family received an overwhelming amount of support during Dylan's illness and has made Dylan Moore Days an annual benefit to help other families going through a medical crisis.
Dylan was destined to be a cowboy from the very beginning. The son of a "saltwater cowboy" and a horse loving mother, Dylan was riding horses long before he could walk. With a passion for all things western, the little boy was often seen in his Stetson and duster, with his six shooter dangling from his side. With spurs clinking and guitar strumming, Dylan knew the words to every Kenny Chesney song.
Dylan was diagnosed with a rare blood disorder in 2004 known as Fanconi Anemia. www.fanconi.org. The community embraced him, providing fundraisers and a great deal of love. They fought along with his family, celebrating all the little triumphs during his long battle. On July 26, 2009, a hush came over the valley when the news arrived that Dylan was gone. The Roanoke Valley and much of the surrounding region was swallowed up in grief.
He inspired thousands of people to love, believe, hope, and care. No matter how bad things got, Dylan always "cowboyed up"! To recognize the courage that this young man displayed, the city of Roanoke Rapids proclaimed September 18, Dylan's birthday, as Dylan Moore Day. This day is an opportunity for the community to come together in an effort to never let the memory of young Dylan fade from our thoughts.
Dylan's family had been so overwhelmed by the support they received, they knew they would never be able to pay it all back, so they decided to “pay it forward”. They decided to make Dylan Moore Day, not only an annual celebration of Dylan’s life, but a benefit to raise funds for another family in the community going through a medical crisis. It was such a huge success, Dylan's family decided to make it an annual event.
Dylan's mother states, "Dylan Moore Days would not be possible without the tremendous amount of effort from local sponsors and volunteers".
Don't miss Dylan Moore Days. Come on out and join us for a fun-filled weekend and help a local family going through a medical crisis!!