ANCHORAGE, Alaska — On Sunday, four mushers ended their shot at completing the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, including rookie Pat Moon who helped saved a child’s life in Ruby.
Iditarod officials said a child was sledding and crashed into a parked snow machine on Sunday afternoon in Ruby, according to family members of the child.
The boy was brought home and a Village Public Safety Officer was called, but was reported to be unavailable.
The child’s mother went to the Iditarod checkpoint to ask for help and Pat Moon immediately said he was trained, according to Iditarod officials, and returned to the child’s home.
A family member said Moon stopped the bleeding and cleaned the cut, which helped keep the boy’s face together.
Moon, a 35-year-old rookie musher, was born and raised in Chicago and followed the race growing up and first participated in the Idita-Rider program in 2006.
When he was 15, he was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, an auto immune disease that targets the intestines and kidneys. When asked about running in this year’s Iditarod, he said “Although having an illness is physical, being sick is a state of mind.”