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Morgan's Italian Trip

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“ So many people came together to help Morgan... see such a beautiful part of the world. ”


- Lisa, Wish Mom

Morgan has a good, faithful personality and she goes out of her way to help others according to her mom, Lisa. In June of 2018, Morgan was diagnosed with lymphoblastic leukemia at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital.

A social worker at the hospital referred Morgan to Make-A-Wish Illinois, and interestingly, it was not the first time she had been involved with the organization. Years before Morgan was diagnosed, while in grade schoolthrough her grade school, she participated in awarding Make-A-Wish with a check. At that time , Morgan and her family had no idea that down the road they would have a personal connection with Make -A-Wish and be granted a wish.

On the day volunteer wish granters Lori Menke and Gary Judy arrived to help her discover her wish, Morgan was surprised to see Gary dressed up as Santa. Lori and Gary had a bag of goodies they gifted to Morgan. After discussing possibilities, Morgan knew she wanted to travel to Italy.

Recently Morgan’s wish was granted. The wish trip was Morgan’s first time out of the country. While in Italy, the family visited Florence and Venice. In Florence Morgan went on a tour to see the Statue of David, visited the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and enjoyed lots of delicious food.

Next, Morgan and her family hopped on a train and headed to Venice to spend the remaining days of their adventure. Morgan’s favorite part of Venice was the Gondola ride through the canal.

“So many people came together to help Morgan and our family see such a beautiful part of the world,” Lisa said.

Since the trip, Morgan’s spirits are higher. Currently a student at the University of Iowa, she has enjoyed sharing the details of her trip with friends. Morgan will forever cherish getting the chance to go on a trip like this, according to Lisa.

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