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Doors provide healing, inspiration for those touched by cancer

Faith and fight.

Those two words inspired Sally Moyer and her two daughters as Lyle Moyer battled cancer.

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ABOVE: Bellefontaine Elementary School first-grade teacher Vanessa Bumgardner helps student Aryah Turner-Best put a handprint on a door for this year’s Doors of EnCOURAGEment auction to benefit the Logan County Cancer Society. FRONT PAGE PHOTO: Sally Moyer poses with a picture of her husband Lyle who died May 25 of melanoma. Mrs. Moyer and her daughters are painting a “Faith and Fight” door in Mr. Moyer’s memory for this year’s Doors of EnCOURAGEment auction to benefit the Logan County Cancer Society. (EXAMINER PHOTOS | REUBEN MEES)

And this year, they plan to bring those two words to life in their tribute to the husband, father and well-known Bellefontaine High School industrial arts teacher who died May 25 after a lengthy struggle with melanoma.

“He fought a good, long, hard fight,” Mrs. Moyer said of her husband. “He was a man of great faith and our big family motto was ‘Faith and Fight.’ His faith got him through the journey, and it got the rest of us through the journey.”

So when Melody Couchman, organizer of the local benefit Doors of EnCOURAGEment, contacted the eldest of the Moyer daughters, Abby Moyer, who lives in Houston, Texas, about decorating a door for this year’s event, the answer was a prompt “yes.”

“I remember Abby called and said we need to do the door this year,” Mrs. Moyer said. “We tried last year, but it just wasn’t possible with all we were going through.”

At this time last year, Mr. Moyer was still undergoing treatment in the final stage of his battle with melanoma. But with a year to heal and reflect, decorating a door seemed like the perfect therapy for the mother and daughters.

“After Melody called, Abby called and she said, ‘Mom, I want to do this for dad’,” Ms. Moyer said.

 

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