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Outpouring of support for winemaker battling cancer in Naples

Support for Naples winemaker Tim Moore as he battles cancer is pouring in.

Its many forms include production of a new wine called Resilience. The white wine blend from locally grown grapes will be made at the Moore family’s Inspire Moore Winery and was the topic of a recent gathering with members of the core group behind the project.

“Tim has inspired us all in our work with wine and taken us under his wing,” said Rob Deignan, a fellow Finger Lakes winemaker and one of many rallying behind Moore and his wife, Diane, and their five children.

“All those involved have worked with Tim or have been coached by him in their careers,” added Deignan, a winemaker for Hazlitt 1852 vineyards, whose Hazlitt’s Red Cat Cellars is just a stone’s throw from Inspire Moore Winery in the village of Naples. Deignan explained how Moore has had a positive and far-reaching influence with his skill and passion for his work, as well as his love of family and community.

“We wanted to have a wine for him,” Deignan said.

Resilience follows the Inspire Moore tradition of signature wines with names like Harmony, Inspiration, Joy and Love.

After three years in remission from skin cancer, Moore was recently diagnosed with the most serious stage of cancer, which has spread to his brain and has affected his motor skills, speech and ablity to walk. After recent radiation treatment and emotionally uplifted by plans for a series of prescribed therapies to begin April 15, Diane Moore said last week her husband is doing better and they feel hopeful.

Resilience is a joint effort with friends, family and local businesses. The wine label design is being created by the Moores’ daughter, Madison. An inspirational narrative on the bottle will be written by another daughter, Jordain. Strong Hill Studios will format the label design with screen printing onto the glass by Waterloo Container. Hazlitt will donate 100 cases of Resilience to benefit fundraising for the Moores to pay for expenses related to his cancer treatment.

A GoFundMe page and upcoming benefit May 26 are all part of fundraising efforts. People can also show their support by participating in the Wall of Love growing outside the winery at 197 Main St. Anyone can stop and write a message that will go inside an Inspire Moore Love wine bottle — write a message, place it in the blue wine bottle, cork it, place the bottle in the wall and make a wish.

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