When Morgan and her family set out in the limousine on their way to her wish, a shopping spree for clothing and home essentials, they celebrated the relief that the wish-granting process brings.
“It was the happiest I’ve seen Morgan in years,” Morgan’s mom, Amanda, said. “Worries didn’t cross her mind that day.”
Morgan was weighed down by stress and by medical equipment throughout her adolescence. She was already suffering from chronic kidney disease when a trip to the hospital revealed a tumor.
“Once a month we would drive four and a half hours to the hospital,” Amanda said. “10 hours a day, she was on a machine.”
After weeks at a time in the hospital, Morgan’s tumor was removed, and she received a kidney transplant. At that time, Morgan’s doctors deemed her medically ready to receive her wish.
While she was waiting for her kidney transplant, Morgan had time to discuss and choose her wish. Once she received the kidney transplant, her wish to have a shopping adventure was granted.
Now 19, Morgan’s shopping spree wish celebrated the new phase in her life. Because of her condition, fluctuations in her weight have made it difficult to shop for clothes, so stops on Morgan’s shopping spree included specialty clothing stores Buckle, Hollister and Zumiez. However, the main event was a visit to Bed Bath & Beyond. She picked out new pillows, bedding and room decorations, as well as a pizza pan and pizza cutter to share with her roommate Cre.
“It’s indescribable, not thinking about the illness for a day,” Amanda said of the wish experience.
Her shopping spree enabled Morgan and her family to spend more time together, and she even shared the wish experience with her roommate.
“[Make-A-Wish®] puts a family in a situation where they can spend quality time together,” Amanda said of what the organization does for wish kids and their families.