By Jen Bakken
While in the hospital for pneumonia in June, Jean Morgan, a resident of Montrose for 35 years, was diagnosed with small cell carcinoma of the lungs and liver.
Up until then, Morgan had been a healthy wife, mother, and grandmother who has spent the past 15 years working full-time as a stocker at the Buffalo Wal-Mart.
Along with her husband, Donn Morgan, she has also managed the 12-Hi Trailer Park for over 20 years.
The couple has two sons, Don Morgan Jr. (Shortie) and Rex Morgan (Peewee), a daughter, Michelle Otto, a daughter they named Justine who was stillborn, and two step-sons, Scott Morgan and Brad Morgan. They also have 15 grandchildren.
Since the diagnosis, Morgan has been unable to work, which has been a big change for her.
“I’ve been feeling pretty good, but they wouldn’t let me go back to work because I need an oxygen tank. My oxygen level goes so low,” Jean said. “That’s been real hard to get used to.”
She enjoys putting puzzles together, and used to love to do embroidery, but is unable to now because she also has arthritis.
Her family has rallied around her, and a benefit is planned for Saturday, Sept. 27 at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Waverly.
The spaghetti dinner and silent auction will take place from 2 to 7 p.m. The cost for adults is $7 and tickets for children ages four and under are $4.
Silent auction items include Minnesota Vikings tickets, Minnesota Wild tickets, handmade crafts, golfing, gift cards, and much more.
Morgan’s cancer is inoperable because it progressed too far before it was detected, and the family is hoping the benefit will help with medical costs.
She has had three sessions of chemotherapy so far, but the treatment will be changing.
“As of yesterday, I have to go into something different,” she explained. “They are going to increase or give me stronger doses of chemo, or put me on radiation because the mass on my lungs is growing. That’s what the X-ray showed.”
For more information or to make a contribution, contact Rex Morgan at (612) 701-8100, Don Morgan (Shortie) at (612) 751-1881 or Michelle Otto at (763) 675-4026.
A fund has also been established at Citizens State Bank of Montrose and Waverly.
Contributions may also be mailed to Citizens State Bank, PO Box 68, Waverly, MN 55390.