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Gov. Beshear's ASL translator, Virginia Moore, battling uterine cancer

Posted at 4:46 PM, Oct 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-08 16:56:35-04

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — Virginia Moore, an American Sign Language interpreter seen at Governor Andy Beshear's COVID-19 news conferences, has announced she has been diagnosed with stage one uterine cancer.

"I'm going to be going through a hysterectomy and then we probably will not have any need for a follow-up, so actually, this is a good thing," said Moore.

Moore is known for standing alongside Governor Beshear, at a safe distance, as the governor provides COVID-19 updates for Kentuckians. As a certified sign language interpreter, she relays critical information to Kentuckians who are deaf or hard of hearing.

"This month of October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Ladies, please go have a mammogram, please go have a pap smear," said Moore. "Please take care of yourself."

Moore says with this diagnosis, she is "one of the vulnerable ones." Cancer is listed by the CDC as an underlying health condition that puts people at an increased risk for severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19.

"I've always worn a mask for you, and I'm going to ask that you wear a mask for me," said Moore. "My heart is Team Kentucky and I will be back."