Coweta rallies for cancer patient Morgan Mitchell


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Updated: 12/14/2012 9:21 am Published: 12/13/2012 5:32 pm


FOX23 has been updating our viewers on the progress of a Coweta teen, Morgan Mitchell, who is now battling cancer for the fourth time.

This is the latest in our series of stories about her progress and the support and love her community has shown the Mitchell family.

12 days ago, the town of Coweta came together for Morgan’s Run, a fundraiser to benefit Morgan Mitchell’s family and to help cover the cost of their enormous medical bills.

“Just when I walked up and it was just this sea of people, all these supporters, everybody, I was just like, ‘Oh my goodness, how amazing is this?’” Morgan’s mother Marva told FOX23.

A group of Coweta teachers helped to organize the run. The results were beyond anything they would have dreamed.

“We were totally blown away by the response we got for it. This is very overwhelming for us,” Patti Fideline said.

More than 1,500 people came to Morgan's Run .

“Riding around seeing those runners run and stuff was really awesome, because you know, I was in the car and they were running still cheering for me. That's an awesome feeling,” Morgan said.

This week, the organizers of that run presented Morgan’s family with more than $14,000 to help keep Morgan on the road to recovery.  Turn Tulsa Pink also donated $1,300 to Morgan’s family from an event they held for her earlier this month.

“That's a big amount.  That's a big help, people don't understand, that's a big help,” Morgan said.

“It was our job, God put this in our hearts to do it, and we did it to ease their burden. Hopefully this is our blessing that we pass on to them,” Fideline said.

The $14,000 is a gift bigger than Morgan’s family could have imagined.

“What words fully express thank you for helping us save our daughter's life?” Marva asked.

Through Morgan's Run, people like Amy Bell caught wind of Morgan’s story and wanted to help and they wanted to surprise Morgan with their offer.

“We were talking and it just came up that Morgan did not have a car, and really they didn't have a way to get a car,” Bell, who is part of a sports fundraising organization called Go Bald or Go Home, said.

For one day this weekend, the push to cover Morgan’s medical costs will take a back seat to making a dream of hers come true.

“Every time we've tried to do Driver's Ed and the things to get her passing everything to get her license, we've had to go through treatment,” Marva said.

That's right; Morgan has never been behind the wheel.

“I've wanted to have my license for a long time, but you have to choose,” Morgan said.

Choose a driver's license and car or the best chance in the world to beat cancer. It was an easy decision, but not one that didn't weigh on Morgan’s mom.

“You want to be able to give that to her, but you have to choose. I am doing the things I need to do for her,  but there are still all these things I want to do for her ,” Marva said.

When her family can't do those things, there is now an army of new friends willing to say, “We can.”

“When you see somebody who's struggling and they stay so positive, and they're willing to help to help others even though they need help themselves, I just think that sets a huge example,” Bell said.

Morgan and her family say it all the time, how could thank you ever be enough?

“It means more than anybody could ever understand, to know you that you are backed up and loved,” Morgan said.

The fundraiser for Morgan’s Car is a four-man flag football tournament on Saturday December 15th  from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at New Heart Sports Complex, 10675 S. 193rd E. Ave. Broken Arrow. Cost to enter is $20 plus a new toy. For more information about Go Bald or Go Home, click here: https://www.facebook.com/gobaldorgohome

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