Michelle Moore, founder and president of the local nonprofit Mother’s Grace, has published her first book, “A Mother’s Grace: Healing the World, One Woman at a Time.”
In her new book, Moore shares how her life suddenly shifted when diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer at the same time her son faced serious complications from juvenile diabetes and had to be hospitalized. After enduring physically and emotionally debilitating rounds of chemotherapy and five surgeries over a year, Moore survived, as did her son. Grateful to be alive, she vowed to give back and make a difference for women facing difficult times—and her charity was born.
Founded in 2009, Mother’s Grace provides financial assistance for housing costs, medication, meals, housekeeping, childcare, transportation, and a host of other immediate needs to mothers and their children in the midst of tragic life events. The Mother’s Grace Board of Directors, made up of professional women across the Valley, also provide support and professional guidance for mothers aiming to start their own nonprofit organizations.
By day, Moore is a senior vice president of Laboratory Corporation of America, overseeing the company’s COVID-19 testing response for Arizona. She also recently survived a bout with COVID-19.
Moore shares her story as a survivor, an entrepreneur, and a change agent, as well as other women like her who turned their own adversity into action by starting philanthropic missions. She shares insights in “Healing the World, One Woman at a Time” about:
• How to find resilience when faced with adversity and trying times.
• Lessons from other women who have created charitable organizations after profound loss.
• How to start a side hustle with heart.
• Balancing the dichotomy of the business world with a soul of compassion.
“Each of us must define what we can do to move forward in life when times get tough — what we can refine as individuals, and what energy we can put into action for our community. These collective efforts are what give us our grace,” Moore says.
Moore is the recipient of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation’s Philanthropy in Action Award, MASK Unity’s Moms Making a Difference Award, and the highly coveted Hon-Kachina Award. In 2019, she was awarded the Phoenix Business Journal “Outstanding Women in Business” and was granted a State of Arizona Commendation by First Lady Angela Ducey for her extraordinary service to the people of Arizona.
Mother’s Grace has raised more than $5 million in funding and supported more than 6,000 Arizona women to date. For more information, visit mothers-grace.org.