Dear Mark & 98.7 Listeners,
We are beyond honored to introduce you to 4-year old Morgan’s family and their journey with cancer. During the summer on a family trip to Disney World, Morgan was not feeling well and was extremely tired. She did not want to go to the parks and just wanted to sleep. For anyone who met Morgan, you would know this is very unlike her. She is always bubbly, happy, energetic and eager to make new friends. Her parents knew something wasn’t right and took her to the doctor. Morgan was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) in late July, and their lives were forever changed. She began long hospital stays where she received intense chemotherapy. Unfortunately, this family was already familiar with the healthcare system, as their son Ethan has Hemophilia A, a lifelong bleeding condition that requires him to receive injections three times a week.
One of Morgan’s favorite things to do in the hospital was to paint the nails of anyone who would take the time to sit down in her ‘beauty salon.’ We think every nurse on our unit had their nails painted by her at least once, if not multiple times. She brought such joy to the lives of her healthcare workers with her spunky energy!
In early November, Morgan and her family were admitted for the FINAL round of chemotherapy and were celebrating her remission status. 2 ½ weeks later, she suffered a very rare complication from one of her chemotherapies that put her into heart failure. Despite the best efforts of her healthcare team, Morgan earned her angel wings just a few days ago. It is an unimaginable loss to this beautiful family and we as a healthcare team felt it only fitting we support her amazing family during this tragedy. Morgan’s month long hospital stays at a time forced her mother to leave her job, and the family of 5 struggled to make ends meet with the sole income.
Morgan’s parents, Damien and Ciera have been married 9 years, and spent their anniversary this year in the hospital with Morgan. With 2 other children, we know it has been very hard to juggle taking care of them and making sure their needs are met at home while they could not be there. Ciera and Damien like to shop at Walmart and Amazon, and as a family their favorite restaurants are Olive Garden, Longhorn & Mexican restaurants. Ciera would love some essential oils for Christmas. They would also like gas cards, deer hunting supplies, gift cards to Walmart, a Go Pro, String Up Georgia boots in size 10, and are looking for help finding a house to call home.
The loss of Morgan has been heartbreaking for her siblings, but we hope to make the Christmas holiday a little easier with some of their special requests. Morgan’s brother, Ethan, would like a drone, a nerf gun, Pokemon cards, and maybe even a 4-wheeler for Christmas. Big sister, Anina, would like a purse, earrings, anything with owls, a tablet, a portable DVD player, and a Nintendo DS for Christmas.
We, as a healthcare team, are truly heartbroken for the loss of this sweet precious soul. Morgan made a lasting impression on each and every one of our hearts – she will be treasured and most certainly never forgotten. When Morgan and her family were chosen as part of the Christmas Wish program we never in a million years imagined this would be her outcome. This family became very special to all of us. Throughout Morgan’s cancer journey, their faith in God and trust in His power has helped them to cope with the knowledge they will meet again. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for continuing to love on this family during their time of greatest need. Only time will heal their hearts, but the support, love & prayers shown through the generosity of your listeners will surely help ease their grief.
With heartfelt thanks,
Amelia Stevens, RN & Amanda Crosby, RN
Memorial Health Dwaine and Cynthia Willett Children’s Hospital of Savannah