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Daughter pays tribute to 'awesome mum' Loressa Moore

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: December 06, 2012

  • STILL SMILING: Loressa Moore, right, with her daughter Kaleisha, centre and friend Teresa Samapuria at a Race for Life event

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"SHE was always laughing and lived life to the fullest."

This is how Loressa Moore's daughter, Kaleisha Leon, remembers her "awesome mother".

The 55-year-old, from Charlton Kings, fought breast cancer for nearly 12 years, before she died unexpectedly on Sunday.

She was first diagnosed in 2000 and after treatment the cancer went into remission. Unfortunately the cancer returned in 2009, and then in 2011, before it came back in August this year.

She was given 18 to 24 months to live and her family started raising about £5,500 for her to visit the Gerson Institute in Hungary in search of a possible cure through natural treatments.

But she died days after they started collecting the money.

As well as Kaleisha, Loressa leaves behind son Travis Leon, partner Mark Baldwin and brothers Brett and Darren Moore.

The "very strong and determined woman" was always ready to help people, and wore a ready smile.

Kaleisha said: "She had so many friends. The friends were the most important thing for her. Mum was always cheerful and smiling.

"She bonded with anyone from all walks of life, she just knew everybody and would help anyone who needed a hand."

The former clerk with Staverton-based Bond Aviation Group enjoyed her work, which allowed her to meet all sorts of new people.

"She never mentioned the cancer," Kaleisha said. "She was always really active and she never sat still doing nothing.

"After she died, we found out she was still looking to go to festivals.

"Everyone misses her. It was really unexpected, and there were quite a lot of stuff she still wanted to do."

Kaleisha is going ahead with a fundraising day, in memory of her mother.

Donations will go to the Maggie's Cancer Care charity, who helped with caring for Loressa when she was struggling.

The event on December 15 will be held in Salem Church, Cheltenham from 1.30pm, with events including a sponsored head shave.

Her son Travis will be shaving his head, with close friends Davey Lockey and his two daughters.

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