Morgan had a plan. She was going to ride horses in barrel races just like her mother did.
But in 2008 she received bad news that turned her future upside down. She had a hematologic disorder – a life-threatening medical condition that affecting her blood levels.
Fourteen-year-old Morgan spent the next eight months in and out of the hospital. She becomes so depressed by the challenges of her condition that it takes her awhile to warm up to the idea of having a wish granted. Instead she spends most of her time at home, quiet and introverted.
Finally, she reluctantly shares her wish to Make-A-Wish® Mid-South volunteers – to have a barrel horse. It’s a wish that takes her back to a time before hospital visits, treatments, loneliness and depression.
So wish granters set out to get her a horse, determined to surprise her. They craft plans in secret to unveil her wish at a horse show in Memphis. Morgan is just told they are going to the show to help a friend get a horse trailer fixed.
But then the show announcer asks Morgan and her family to come to the middle of the arena. The announcer says, “Morgan, your wish has come true.”
This wish kid in need of some hope for the future, meets her new horse and swings into the saddle. According to a horse publication in Tennessee, the 10-year-old mare named Caydo was raised and ridden by a girl Morgan’s age – a top barrel racer. The girl hearing of Morgan’s wish was willing to give up the mare she had since she was three-years-old.
“There was not a dry eye in the house,” Morgan’s mother, Carol, says. “Morgan just kept saying, ‘I can’t believe it I can’t believe it.’”
Morgan also receives free barrel racing lessons and the family now spends most of its weekends at horse shows.
Carol says Morgan’s depression has lifted since she received Caydo. Carol is convinced that Morgan’s condition changed least in part because of the joy her wish brought her.
Morgan improved so much that she may not need the bone marrow transplant her doctor planned. Her spirit and personality has also returned.
Carol says Morgan has gone from taking 48 pills a day to just two.