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Boy who loved downtown Oklahoma City succumbs to brain cancer

Xander Moore, a fan of downtown Oklahoma City, died Thursday after years of fighting brain cancer. He was 11.
by Steve Lackmeyer Published: August 24, 2013

As I write this column, I am looking forward to spending the remainder of the day with my son, who is 11 years old — the same age as Xander Moore was when he quietly passed away Thursday night.

As I absorbed the news, I was also reminded by family friends, J.W. and Cassie Peters, that Xander's passing (he spent nine years battling a form of brain cancer) is not a moment of mourning, but rather celebration. Xander never seemed to fear the future; he enjoyed his short time on this Earth, and was looking forward to his next stop in heaven.

I was first introduced to Xander in early 2012 when he was treated to a special tour of Devon Energy Center.

Construction workers embraced Xander, immediately took him in as if he were a yearslong friend, and appeared to be reliving their own childhoods as they let him on the scissor-lift and gave him honorary fellow-crew status.

Xander went to the top of the tower — quite literally — and took in a view of the downtown skyline that he dearly loved. He loved visiting Bricktown, strolling the canal, enjoying the new Myriad Gardens, and witnessing the rebirth of Oklahoma City.

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by Steve Lackmeyer
Business Reporter
Steve Lackmeyer is a reporter, columnist and author who started his career at The Oklahoman in 1990. Since then, he has won numerous awards for his coverage, which included the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, the city's...
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