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11-year-old’s upbeat attitude and faith enable him to dream big

Posted: August 16, 2017 - 2:05am  |  Updated: August 16, 2017 - 10:48am
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Collin Morgan, 11, battles cancer with faith and determination.
Collin Morgan, 11, battles cancer with faith and determination.

With the support of family and well-wishers, one young man continues to dream big in the face of adversity.

Collin Morgan, an 11-year-old Appling native, is battling a rare form of cancer that has caused one of his legs to be amputated. Diagnosed in January with epithelioid sarcoma, a lump or swelling of soft tissue that usually forms in the upper and lower body, Collin said one thing keeps him motivated.

"It's my faith," he said. "Everybody needs faith."

Doctors say Collin has made progress in his latest round of treatment but still has two more weeks of radiation before he resumes his chemotherapy treatment.

But Collin continues to stay positive about his future.

The 11-year-old is a big Phil Mickelson and golf fan, drawing his interest in golf from his older brother.

"My brother played golf in high school," Collin said. "I was there around him, so that's what got me interested."

Collin is also proud of his participation in the 24th annual Georgia State Amputee Golf Tournament last month.
Collin also enjoys working on model trains and working with Legos and when he grows up, he plans to pursue a career in engineering, aerospace or the medical field.

In the meantime, Myra Morgan, Collin's mother, said their Abilene Baptist Church family and friends provide continuous support, which Myra said has kept Collin positive and encouraged.

"We see the Lord show up every day," Myra said. "Sometimes you get home and the grass is mowed. It's always somebody doing something."

Myra said people from the church and community come by constantly and show their affection for her son and the family through gifts and prayers.

Collin said it feels like Christmas year-round.

But the support for Collin has extended beyond just visits to the hospital and small acts of kindness. Collin's story has initiated a "Pray for Collin Morgan" wristband campaign motivated by a group of Myra's coworkers.

"I work at Thomson High School and they did this as a fundraiser for me," Myra said. "I had to be out of school for 39 weeks last year and some of the math teachers got them and sold them.... It reminds everybody to pray."

The "Pray for Collin Morgan" wristband sells for $1 per band and all proceeds go to support the Morgan family. However, the wristband is not the only way support for Collin is spreading.

Collin has a Facebook page also entitled "Pray for Collin Morgan." The page currently has more than 700 followers and growing. Myra said people as far away as Africa have been touched by Collin's story and are praying for him.

And while Myra said the family is thankful, she asks the community to continue to pray for healing for Collin.

 

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