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Ice skating medalist’s show to benefit kids with cancer

Jordan Moeller was Junior Men's silver medalist U.S. Figure Skating Championships earlier this year Boston.  |  Supplied phoby

Jordan Moeller was a Junior Men's silver medalist in the U.S. Figure Skating Championships earlier this year in Boston. | Supplied photo by Jay Adeff/U.S. Figure Skating

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What: One Skate at a Time fundraiser

When: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: Southwest Ice Arena, 5505 W. 127th St., Crestwood

Etc.: Cost $20 for adults, $12 for children 6 to 12, free for 5 and younger

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Updated: May 5, 2014 8:59AM



Jordan Moeller didn’t need much motivation to help children with cancer, other than wanting to do something meaningful with his talent.

The 18-year-old figure skating champion from Oak Lawn has organized an ice skating show, set for Saturday at Southwest Ice Arena in Crestwood, to benefit a camp for kids with cancer.

“It’s really an amazing feeling to be able to just give back,” Moeller said.

He got the idea during his freshman year at Richards High School from his algebra teacher, Debra Swanson, who sometimes would talk about her cancer-stricken niece. Swanson would mention how her niece, Julia, who had cancer since she was 10, would benefit from the One Step at a Time camp while going through a very difficult time.

Moeller was looking for a good cause for which to raise money, and put together the first One Skate at a Time fundraising show during his junior year in 2012.

So far, he’s raised $10,000.

“It’s really inspiring from a teacher’s standpoint to see a former student put together a fundraiser of this size,” Swanson said.

She said Julia’s cancer is in remission, and now, at age 19, she is studying to become a nurse.

Moeller has been busy since graduating high school, but he still finds the time to stage the annual fundraiser. He flew back home this week from a training camp in Colorado and recently returned from the World Junior Figure Skating Championships in Bulgaria, where he placed ninth overall.

Last year, Moeller won the junior gold medal at Gardena Spring Trophy, and he won the silver medal at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships this year.

“It’s just become something I couldn’t imagine life without,” Moeller said of skating. “ ... I always like the feeling of being able to interpret a piece of music. It’s definitely a form of self-expression.”

For the fundraising show, other renowned figure skaters will join Moeller, such as 14-year-old Amber Glenn, who’s the youngest member of Team USA; 2012 U.S. Junior silver medalist Ashley Cain; and 2013 U.S. Junior fourth-place finisher Jimmy Ma.

Aspiring figure skaters also will perform, including Swanson’s daughter, 11-year-old Gia.

Swanson said she took Gia to one of Moeller’s performances during his freshman year and she’s wanted to skate ever since.

Swanson said it’s “weird” how her family inspired Moeller to make One Skate at a Time his cause and how he inspired her daughter.



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