7-year old Morgan “Momo” Morris has been named the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Champion for 2016-2017. Morgan will spend the next year with her family representing the Commonwealth of Massachusetts at events that include a trip to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida and a congressional visit to Washington, D.C.
The recognition is in honor of the fighting spirit and determination that Morgan used to battle her illness. In being selected for this award, “Momo” beat out every other pediatric applicant across Massachusetts. Morgan was honored at an event on Wednesday morning (May 4th) at the Springfield Marriot where she was officially named a Children's Miracle Network Champion.
”I truly believe she would not be here today if it were not for the amazing care…” - Jeff Morris, Momo's father.
At just two years old, Morgan was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. “It started with a cold, then an ear infection that wouldn’t go away, she just kept getting more and more pale, weaker and sicker,” said Laura Morris, Morgan’s mother. “Her pediatrician said this wasn’t normal and sent her for blood work. It wasn’t 24 hours before she was admitted to Baystate Children’s Hospital and diagnosed with leukemia,” she added.
“I remember she was just a toddler when I first met her,” said Dr. Matthew Richardson, the pediatric oncologist who cared for Morgan. The blood work came back and when I looked at it under the microscope, and I could see the leukemia cells circulating throughout her blood.”
“It was crazy, a change of life in day...”
After diagnosis, Dr. Richardson and his team immediately began transfusions and started chemotherapy. “It was crazy, a change of life in day,” said Morgan’s father, Jeff Morris. “I truly believe she would not be here today if it were not for the amazing care and attention to detail that was shown to her then and now. Regardless of how sick she was, she loved going to the hospital,” he added.
Cancer-free and living life
On October 7 2013, after two-and-a-half years of chemotherapy, “Momo” received her last treatment and celebrated with her family. Today she is cancer-free and living life like a happy, healthy seven-year-old girl. Morgan spends her time caring for her cat, guinea pig and dog. Not unlike other little girls, she also loves playing princesses, sports, and riding horses.
The life-saving care that Morgan received from her care teams has largely been made possible by the Children's Miracle Network and generous donors across the area. There are examples all over the hospital of how the generosity of donors provided care teams the tools they needed to save Morgan’s life.
Outstanding Care at Baystate Children's Hospital
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