Tracy Moyer grew up in North El Monte and graduated in 1982 from Arroyo High School. She loved horseback riding, swimming and listening to her favorite hair bands, with fond memories of the drive-in movies.
Moyer moved to the High Desert in 1989 with her two older boys, Jason and Jeremy. She met Eric in 1991 and they were married in 1992. The two then added another son, Evan, to the family.
Moyer said she was very fortunate to be a stay-at-home-mom, although, with three boys all doing something different, she wasn't home much. She said enjoyed being a team mom for soccer, Pop Warner and a member of the football booster club at Sultana. She also loved being involved with the Carmel Elementary School's P.T.A.
When her youngest didn't want her around anymore because it wasn't "cool," Moyer found Relay For Life. She's been involved since 2004, then also went to work in a local school cafeteria.
Moyer now has three beautiful grandchildren who she adores. They've recently moved to the High Desert, so she tries to spend as much time as she can with them.
Q: What do people not know about your job?
A: That I take pride in being someone's favorite "lunch-lady." I absolutely love my job (except the hair net)!
Q: What is the best thing about your job?
A: The kids and my co-workers. I look forward to going to work. The kids are great. I enjoy talking about different things with different kids. I read the Daily Press to find out the latest scores in whatever sport is in season. Some kids come to my window every day and I try to make them feel special by remembering their names and the food they like. I love seeing the smile on their face.
My boss, Kat, is so awesome. She's able to "wrangle" all of the different personalities we have in our kitchen. We all actually get along pretty well. I promised them I'd mention them, so here goes; Becky, Liz, Ralene, Lisa, Berna, Julie, Cynthia, Toni, Alesha, Ellen, Tiandra, Anna, Beth, Erin, Travis and Bryce. We have some pretty amazing subs as well.
Q: Tell us about one thing you want to accomplish in life.
A: I would someday like to be able to travel to the eastern side of the U.S. to see all of its history. I love early American history. I had a class with Dr. Lyman at VVC and he was an amazing teacher. He knew so much about the Victor Valley. Maybe someday I can go back to school and become a history teacher.
Q: What is your greatest accomplishment, professional or personal, to date?
A: I would have to say the 2011 Relay For Life of Hesperia. It isn't actually my individual accomplishment, but a group effort. We had amazing teams with some very enthusiastic participants.
We also had a very generous community. We went from raising a little more than $12,000 in 2009 to more than $65,000 last year. We did so well last year that we received the "Circle of Excellence" award. This is earned by improving in all areas. We met and actually exceeded our goals. Out of more than 400 relays in the state of California, we were one of 14 to receive this recognition. I'm very proud of everyone who was involved in last year's relay.
Q: What makes you tick?
A: The need to be needed. It's so very rewarding to help someone. I like to make people feel special.
Q: What is the source of your values?
A: It truly isn't hard to know right from wrong. I've always believed that you treat others the way you want to be treated. I love going to the Hesperia United Methodist Church. Pastor Bob always delivers a great message.
Q: Who is someone who had a big influence on your life?
A: My brother-in-law Keith. He is one of the strongest people I know. He was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2004. He will celebrate eight years cancer free on Feb. 6. He is such an inspiration. He is my hero!
Q: Tell us about your belief system.
A: I'm a firm believer in karma — what goes around, comes around. I try to treat people as nicely as possible. Trust is very important to me. Honesty is just as important.
Q: What is your secret to living a happy, satisfying life?
A: Instead of whining about what I don't have, I appreciate the things I do have. I have an awesome husband, three wonderful sons, a beautiful daughter-in-law, three amazing grandkids, two sets of the best parents you can possibly ask for, loving brothers and sisters, a roof over my head, a car to drive, a job to go to and food to eat. Life is wonderful. Oh, and I have great friends too!
Q: What words of advice do you have for younger generations?
A: Stay in school. Don't rush to grow up. Enjoy being young while you can. Prepare yourself to be a productive adult. Something my husband told our boys: "If you don't use your brain, you'll have to use your back." You have plenty of time to be an adult.
Q: What is your passion?
A: Helping people. Volunteering.
Q: Which three people, living or from history, would you like to have at a dinner party, and why?
A: Since my husband and I would be hosting, I don't have to put his name on the list, so the first person would be Lucille Ball. For some odd reason, everyone calls me Lucy. I'd like to get a few pointers from her. Second would be John Edward, the psychic. I would love to have him give my love to my family who have passed away. Finally, I would have my adopted soldier, Cory Early, who is currently serving in Afghanistan. I would love the opportunity to thank him in person for all of the sacrifices he has made on my behalf.
Q: If you had three wishes, what would they be?
A: My first wish would be a cure for cancer. I hate this horrible disease. It takes way too much from way too many.
My second wish would be for us to have enough money to be comfortable. There's too much month at the end of the money. I'm not materialistic. I'm happy with what I have. I just would like to be stress free.
My last wish, I would give to my husband. He is the hardest working man I know. He never complains about anything. He is a great guy who deserves a wish.
Q: What's the best thing about living in Hesperia?
A: It's not as crowded as down the hill. I did, however, recently suggest that a "Full" sign be hung on the Main Street offramp. I like the weather as well.
Q: Tell us about the charities that are close to your heart and why.
A: American Cancer Society's Relay For Life, which I've already mentioned. This is important to me because I have lost several family members and friends. Currently, my mother and my brother-in-law are survivors.
Soldier's Angels is where I adopted my two soldiers. Jason was my first soldier and he came home safely from Iraq. I then adopted Cory, who is currently in Afghanistan. As soon as he returns home safe, I'll probably adopt my third. The reason I chose to get involved with this charity is to show my appreciation to those who sacrifice so much to protect us.
Operation Aloha Effects is an organization that collects school supplies and toys to give to the Afghan children, and Hike for our Heroes. When Troy Yokum came to the High Desert, my friends and I walked 5 miles with him in support of struggling military families. He continues to raise funds.
Q: Is there anything else you'd like to say, anything you'd like to get off your chest?
A: If anyone needs info regarding cancer, you can call (800) 227-2345 or go to www.cancer.org.
You can adopt a soldier at www.soldiersangels.org.
If you are interested in forming a team or are a cancer survivor or caregiver you can email us at email@example.com or go to our event website, www.relayforlife.org/hesperiaca.
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