NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Rick Hutcherson says he knew he would someday have to give up his only daughter, Morgan, but he always thought that day would be when he walked her down the aisle on her wedding day.
He never dreamed Morgan would be battling a rare form of brain cancer.
Morgan, 20, is hospitalized at Saint Thomas West where she had surgery Tuesday morning so doctors could place a feeding tube in her stomach.
A couple of weeks ago she became very ill and was rushed to the ER where doctors didn’t think she would survive.
“She’s a fighter. She surprised everyone including the doctors but she didn’t surprise us,” Morgan’s parents Rick and Sherrie Hutcherson told News 2.
Morgan has been fighting since April 2013 when she was first diagnosed with the brain tumor.
Doctors removed the majority of the tangerine-sized tumor but the remains they could not take out quickly spread.
During the months following surgery Morgan’s dad said, “You wouldn’t have known anything was wrong with her,” but then her headaches returned, the cancer was back.
Doctors had given Morgan 12 to 18 months to live.
She came up with a “bucket list.”
Complete strangers have donated money to help Morgan check items off that list, which included visiting Key West and Disney World.
Morgan has been an inspiration to many including Cody Adcock, 21, who is also battling Glioblastoma. He was diagnosed with the same rare form of brain cancer early this year.
Adcock did not know Morgan but her mother was his sixth grade teacher. The two met and he says she encouraged him to stay strong.
Doctors believe Morgan will be able to leave the hospital and go home on Wednesday.
“She knows what she’s up against and we know the statistics. We’ve known from day one where this was going but Morgan is determined not to be a statistic. She is a warrior,” said Hutcherson.