It has been a long and heartbreaking journey for 16-year-old Morgan whose illness began when she was just 8-years-old. Living in Charlotte with her parents, Tracie and Richie, the family has experienced years of watching Morgan battle the growing complications associated with Crohn’s disease. Crohn’s disease can be both painful and debilitating, and while it can be managed in some cases, it sometimes may lead to life-threatening complications.
Stomach pain and the inability to keep down food became so severe in Morgan that doctors wanted to remove her colon when she was 10-years-old. Several years later, doctors found polyps that they believed to be cancerous. Their diagnosis—Morgan could develop cancer by the age of 18. The family made the hard decision to have her colon removed in February 2014.
Since the surgery Morgan has developed serious infections and complications that have kept her hospitalized for weeks at a time. While the surgery was critical, the Crohn’s now is infecting her small intestines and stomach. She is not out of the woods and is still at high risk for developing colon or rectal cancer.
Morgan’s parents have made sacrifices and have put all that they can towards Morgan’s well-being and to pay for the medical attention she needs to stay on top of her condition. Even with the support of family members, it simply is not enough to pay her medical bills and to keep the family going. We are proud of LWCC’s ability to have helped Morgan and continue to hope for a positive outcome.