Wheaton mom Shayne Moore's to-do list most days resembles that
of many other suburban Chicago mothers.
She goes to the grocery store. She picks up the kids from school
and practice. She cooks dinner. She puts everyone to bed, then gets
them up to start over the next day.
Moore knows she's just one mom among many, but after hearing a
message from Bono during a U2 concert at her alma mater, Wheaton
College, in 2002, she decided to join her single voice with others
to affect change.
"I went that night just to see Bono, but I say that what I saw
changed the trajectory of my life," Moore says. "I was unprepared
to hear that 9,000 Africans die a day from diseases that are
"I left that night kind of angry and indignant. ...I left that
night thinking, 'Why didn't I know this? Why aren't we talking
about this every night on the news and every Sunday from the pulpit
of our churches?"
So she began educating herself.
At the time, ONE, a grassroots advocacy and campaigning
organization that fights extreme poverty and preventable disease,
didn't exist. Moore became one of the group's original members.
Since then, she's been in commercials to promote ONE and has
brushed shoulders with the likes of George Clooney and Julia
Roberts. She has been to Africa three times and Honduras once. This
February she'll head to Cambodia.
Her book, Global Soccer Mom, shares her experiences meeting
mothers all over the world.
It was during her trip to Honduras where Moore met a woman who
made her realize the purpose of her new mission.
Rose was a Honduran woman with four children-two of them HIV
positive, like their mother, and two HIV negative. "I'd never seen
a slum, I'd never seen people living like dogs."
Rose approached Moore, grabbed her face and started speaking to
her in Spanish. "She was saying, 'You're an angel, you're an angel.
You were sent here to hear our troubles and tell our story to the
world.' She probably died within two weeks of my visit, but that
meant something to her. I've taken that pretty seriously. When I
flew home I said to myself, at least I can tell her story."
So she did.
At the end of the day, Moore knows what she's doing is right. In
her book and on her website, Moore shares one of her most notable
"I'm only one woman. I live in one town, I go to one church, and
I have one voice… but I've come to believe that all our ones add
For more info, one.org and shaynemoore.com