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Cancer survivor helps kids battling disease

February 25, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
While following up on her own cancer treatment, Cool Kid Morgan Heflin spends time with children that are now dealing with their own cancer battles. "I come for my bloodwork, but I usually stay all day because I hang out with the kids and I try to come on Fridays when the Art of Elisium is here, so I can do the art," said Morgan.

Morgan, 18, returns to the same hospital where she was treated and helps with teens who are facing many of the same obstacles.

"The physical and the emotional, all the stuff you go through, you just forget how to be a teenager," said Morgan. "Sometimes you just want a friend who's going through the same thing you're going through and can understand you, but still we can have fun."

Morgan exudes a positive energy that truly reaches all who meet her.

"She always brings everyone up, she's a go-getter, she includes everyone," explained Maricela Christerna, RN, Kaiser Permanente. "She has an incredible talent for that. She brings out the best in everyone, including us."

Morgan wants to be a pediatric oncology nurse and already feels like she's in the right place.

"It makes me feel good to know I can make somebody smile and make them happy," said Morgan. "It makes it easier for me, not easier, it just makes me know that what I'm doing is what I'm supposed to do. Giving back is what is important."

Overcoming life-threatening cancer, Cool Kid Morgan Heflin makes life a little better for young people who are now fighting that same fight.


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