Pageant Princess Morgan meets Miss Illinois USA Lexi Atkins

“I felt like the star of Schaumburg.”

Four years ago, Morgan began experiencing dizzy spells, migraines and digestion problems. Doctors scheduled her for a routine colonoscopy, but Morgan passed out before the procedure and was rushed to the E.R. where a tumor was discovered in her brain. The inoperable mass (removing it could cause her to go blind) is preventing fluid from draining, commonly diagnosed as hydrocephalus. In May of 2011, doctors placed a shunt in the young girl’s brain to help drain the fluid and relieve pressure.

Fast forward two years as Morgan’s headaches start getting worse. After again rushing her to emergency room, medics spent a harrowing 25 minutes trying to revive the brave girl. She emerged with two collapsed lungs and the determination to fight even harder against her diagnosis.

Morgan still maintains a high grade point average, participates in pageants, acting and cheerleading and is involved in her community. For part one of her wish, we sent her on an amazing shopping spree at Woodfield Mall in Illinois where she spent the whole day being treated as a superstar. Then she met Miss Illinois USA 2014 Lexi Atkins! Lexi and Morgan bonded over lunch as they traded pageant secrets and makeup tips.

“I really felt like Lexi wanted to be my friend; she is someone I can look up to,” recalls Morgan. “She made my wish extra special.”

Morgan’s health continues to improve, and she remains in contact with Lexi.