Coweta teen with cancer up for homecoming queen


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Updated: 10/11/2012 9:19 am Published: 10/10/2012 5:12 pm


When FOX23 last caught up with Morgan Mitchell in September, the Coweta High School senior was still reeling from the news that she'd been diagnosed with cancer for a fourth time.

On Wednesday she told FOX23, “I am feeling better than I have, I'll put it that way.”

She's already finished round one in her fight against cancer.

“I had a procedure done where (doctors) stuck five tubes into my back and into my kidney and they blasted the cancer cells,” She explained.

When Morgan returned to school after that procedure, she returned to a sea of support from students like Madison Burroughs.

“If I could, I'd take it from her so she didn't have to have it,” Burroughs told FOX23.

Madison is a sophomore who only knew Morgan from Coweta High's band, and she did what many teenage girls would consider impossible.

“If she has the courage to stand up to cancer, and to just to keep fighting and have a good, positive attitude, then I can have the courage to shave my head for her.”

It's just one in a string of things that have boosted the 18-year-old's spirits.

“The fact they would go and do that for me, it's absolutely amazing,” Mitchell said.

While Morgan was getting cancer treatments at MD Anderson in Texas, her classmates inside this building were voting on their own way to support her. They elected her to homecoming court, and on Friday, she'll find out if she's homecoming queen.

“I didn't go ask for votes or get votes, I mean I didn't have that opportunity, they voted me simply because they wanted me on the homecoming court,” Mitchell said.

It's a gesture that's touched Morgan’s heart, because she knows that while fighting cancer no one looks or feels like royalty.

“I don't look like a homecoming queen, do I? I don't,” Morgan said.

Still she's hoping she'll get the crown.

“I'd love to win; I mean who wouldn't want to win, standing out there with everybody and your name being announced. I'd love to hear that,” Morgan said.

Even if someone else's name is called, Mitchell knows homecoming queen, while an amazing honor. is not the only victory she's after

“I start chemo this Monday, this following Monday.”

There's one person, and probably hundreds more, keeping their fingers crossed.

“I hope she wins, I hope the best for her. She deserves it,” Burroughs said.

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