Honored Kid

Morgan Hewitt

Age 19
Morgan Hewitt Kid Photo


Pittstown, NJ, US


Acute myeloid leukemia (AML)

Date of Diagnosis

August 2020


In remission

Treated At

u penn The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital

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My Story

Thank you for supporting me and the more than 300,000 kids worldwide who will be diagnosed with cancer this year. By sharing the gifts of your time, talent and money with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, you're supporting research to give all kids with cancer a better chance for a cure. Morgan was a healthy 15 year old young lady until August of 2020, when she started to have tooth pain. Morgan was referred to a oral surgeon on August the 16th. She was given appointment for August the 21st. Three days before going to the appointment she ran a high fever of 103. Her mother, Barbara, took her to the emergency room where they ran test. Within a few hours they were told that she had very low blood counts and admitted. Within 24 hours they were told that Morgan has AML, the adult form. This where her journey started. Morgan did three rounds of chemo in Robert Wood Johnson Hospital. After sending her home for a short visit, she was transferred to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Morgan was admitted on Christmas Eve and was also told not only did she have AML but also T-cell ALL. At this time we were told her only hope was a bone marrow transplant. While going through another round of chemo, Morgan was found to have a blood clot on her head. We were told that there be a 25% chance that one of her siblings would match her. All five of her brothers and sister tested to see who would match. When the test came back the doctors were surprised, all five siblings matched. This is when we knew she was going to beat this cancer. Morgan's next oldest brother was chosen to be the donor. Ian put his junior year of wrestling on hold to be the donor. On May the 12th Morgan received Ian's bone marrow. Before this could be done Morgan under went four rounds of radiation and heavy chemo to break down her body leaving her with no immune system. She lost all her hair taste buds and even had bad burns of the chemo and radiation. But she came through it all with flying colors. Morgan still has a long fight in front of her. She is now what they call she has be re born. This means she cannot do as most teenagers do for at least one year like swimming, attending school, or very large gatherings. Morgan through this all has had a smile on her face and never gives up hope. Morgan has help younger children on the hospital floors feel better. Morgan also plans to start a foundation of her own, for children and sports equipment.

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