by Cheryl Stahle
Central Bucks East High School will be missing one Patriot when school resumes in September. Morgan Mysza passed away from Anaplastic Astrocytoma on January 12 of this year, already a hero and inspiration at the young age of 15 just one year from attending high school with the rest of her friends.
Morgan, the inspiration behind Team Morgan, united the Central Bucks community in a quest to raise awareness of pediatric brain cancer while supporting the Mysza family. Now standing 6,200 strong on Facebook, Team Morgan continues to spread Morgan’s spirit and message of tenacity and hope in the face of brain cancer.
Team Morgan continues to evolve but during its first year, the group raised money to support cancer-related illnesses. All three Central Bucks high schools along with the Villanova women’s soccer team threw their support into raising money for a scholarship fund in Morgan’s name. They held a flapjack fundraiser, car wash, volleyball tournament, dodgeball tournament and the Race for Hope.
Team Morgan is organizing for the upcoming school year but events are continually posted on the Team Morgan FaceBook page. Most recently, Team Morgan spread the news about a Livestrong Lemonade stand, and events to support the Think Grey and the Matthew Renk foundations. Think Grey and the Matthew Renk Foundation are both involved with raising brain cancer awareness. Team Morgan also used their strength in numbers in encouraging Mattel to create a bald Barbie with wigs.
While Morgan’s fight has peacefully ended, other children battle brain cancer every day and do not have the power of a TEAM behind them. As a result, Team Morgan has assumed the responsibility of sharing funeral information and updates on other local pediatric cancer patients through their social media presence.
To launch the school year, on September 29, Team Morgan will be hosting an open house for all Team Morgan members to make blankets. This is a part of Morgan’s Project Believe which she began in 2010 to make blankets for children at CHOP. More information will be posted on the Team Morgan FaceBook page as the event draws closer. “All are welcome,” shared Taylor.
Team Morgan will also be participating in the The Race for Hope. If interested please click on the register tab and from there click join a team, then search for join team, type in Team Morgan. Morgan had been able to participate with this race for the last few years. There will be additional information posted on the Team Morgan Facebook page.
Other events are in the works. You can follow the upcoming events by visiting Team Morgan on Facebook or by contacting PatriciaDybalski@aol.com .
As Taylor carries the memory of Morgan forward and continues to shape the mission of Team Morgan, Taylor shares, “Life is all about moments of impact and how they change your life forever.” Morgan’s life continues to change people through the work of Team Morgan and the legacy which she left behind.