Isabel and Dillon Moran
A couple of months ago, while 10-year-old twins Isabel
and Dillon Moran were enjoying an afternoon at Amazon Pool,
Dillon noticed a man who seemed to be in trouble. "He said,
'I think I'm having a seizure,' and he fell," says Dillon,
who won a commendation from the city for his quick action in
summoning a lifeguard. Soon to be fifth-graders at Harris,
the Moran twins are Amazon Pool regulars who learned to swim
in the YMCA's after-school program. "I'm on the swim team,"
says Isabel. "I swim because I'm training for basketball."
The twins often do volunteer work at the Y, such as minding
the front desk or reading to younger kids. They volunteer
big-time when they accompany their father, Springfield
special-ed teacher Tim Moran, and his students, on
community-service projects. "We volunteer a lot at
Grassroots Garden," says Isabel. "I picked the largest
carrot two years in a row. It accidentaly got cut up in the
stew." Dillon is leading a project, along with several
special-needs young people, to adopt "Ki," an injured
red-shouldered hawk, at the Cascades Raptor Center.
photograph and story by Paul Neevel
Eugene Weekly / 17 August