Richards ice skater plans cancer fundraiser
BY STEVE METSCH firstname.lastname@example.org May 22, 2013 2:16PM
Jordan Moeller a figure skater, talks about a benefit he runs called "One Skate At A Time," at his home in Oak Lawn. The benefit will raise money for cancer services. | Matt Marton~Sun-Times Media
Updated: May 28, 2013 3:14PM
For the second time in two years, Jordan Moeller and friends are skating to help kids with cancer.
The “One Skate At A Time” figure skating exhibition will be 7 to 8:30 p.m. May 25 at Southwest Ice Arena, 5505 W. 127th St., Crestwood. Once again, it is a benefit for One Step At A Time, a charity that helps kids with cancer.
Moeller, 18, is a figure skater who graduates May 23 from Richards High School in Oak Lawn. Last year, he learned of Julia Fischer, a Shephard High School student who had cancer and survived, through Julia’s aunt, Deb Swanson, a teacher at Richards High School.
Swanson has been supportive of Moeller’s ice skating and he said he was “brainstorming ideas on how to give back.”
So Moeller organized a fundraiser in April 2012 to help kids facing the same battle for their health. It went so well, raising $6,600, he decided to do it again.
Proceeds go to the Children’s Oncology Services and will support One Step At A Time, a camp for kids with cancer.
Moeller, who has been skating since he was 4, recently returned from an international competition in Italy “in a gorgeous little town” where, as a member of Team USA, he took first place, winning the gold medal in the junior men division.
“It was one of my best experiences,” he said in his Oak Lawn home.
Val Gardena, Italy, is known for wood carving so his trophy is made of wood. He also has that sweet gold medal, as well. Hmm. Figure skating. A gold medal. Is there a Winter Olympic Games in South Korea in 2018 in his future?
“That’s the goal. There’s definitely a lot of work to do before then,” Moeller said.
He trains year round and just had a brief break of a week and a half.
Ice skating appealed to him as a child when his older sister Erin took lessons and he’s stayed with it through grueling and costly training sessions. He is grateful for the help he has received over the year from many supporters. Without them, it wouldn’t be possible for him to keep training, his mother, Martha Moeller, said.
“We get a lot of support from many people,” she said. “If we had to pay for everything, he wouldn’t be skating.”
Right now, his main goal is making sure the charity benefit goes off without a hitch.
“I’m proud of him for taking his talent and being able to help others. It’s a really good feeling,” Martha Moeller said.
Last year, a pairs skating team from Minnesota “gave me a check for just more than $2,000 and that was money they raised in their area for this,” Moeller said.
About two dozen skaters will be showcasing their talents, he said. Tickets will be sold at the door. Tickets are $20 for adults and $12 for children ages 6 through 12. Children age 5 and younger get in for free. Southwest Ice Arena management is donating use of the ice.