Eight-year-old Adam Morgan loves the outdoors and playing with his little brother, Isaac. But now the second-grader has to deal with something that no little boy should have to — regular trips to UC Davis Cancer Center for chemotherapy and other treatments.
The boys and their parents moved to Quincy in 2018 when dad Alec was hired by Plumas Unified School District. He is a fifth-grade teacher at Quincy Elementary, and mom Courtney works with the Trio Program at Feather River College. They are all about their kids — at home and at work — and now one of their children needs help.
When Adam began complaining about pain in his joints, his parents thought he might have childhood arthritis since it’s a genetic trait carried by the family. But tests revealed something much more severe — leukemia, and on Sept. 11, Adam received his first chemotherapy treatment at UC Davis.
Family friends Whitney Maez and Christina Russo, also fellow elementary school teachers, have established a gofundme page to help. “Understandably, the Morgans were not expecting such a devastating diagnosis and currently are relying on a very small Health Savings Account (HSA) to get them by,” the information on the site reads. “They will be traveling to the UC Davis Cancer Center, a three-hour drive, on a weekly basis as well as traveling to Chico for blood draws. They need your help.”
Both parents must continue to work as well as juggle the travel required for Adam to receive his treatments.
All proceeds will go toward the medical costs, travel, and secondary lodging expenses that will be incurred over the next two and a half years in an effort to get Adam into remission.
The money raised so far — $10,000 in 24 hours — has already been allotted for incurred expenses and prescriptions. The next large purchase is a wheelchair since the leukemia is so severe in his joints that he can’t currently walk.
Adam will be sharing his story on Facebook. He plans on making home videos and posting updates about his journey. People can join by searching for the group titled “Adam’s the Bomb.com”