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Published June 25, 2009, 07:36 AM

Morgan's concern for others lives on after battle with cancer

Davenport, ND (WDAY TV) - Tomorrow morning, friends and family of 8-year old Morgan Kolling will gather at the school gym in Davenport, North Dakota to remember and celebrate the life of a little girl who is leaving quite the legacy. Morgan passed away this week after a battle with cancer, but as WDAY 6 Reporter Kevin Wallevand tells us, the 8-year-old's concern for others lives on.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Davenport, ND (WDAY TV) - Tomorrow morning, friends and family of 8-year old Morgan Kolling will gather at the school gym in Davenport, North Dakota to remember and celebrate the life of a little girl who is leaving quite the legacy. Morgan passed away this week after a battle with cancer, but as WDAY 6 Reporter Kevin Wallevand tells us, the 8-year-old's concern for others lives on.

Today, memories of Morgan.

“She loved school, loved going every day. Even during chemo she wanted to do for a few hours.”

A smiling, camera loving little girl whose sparkling personality shined.

“She enjoyed having her picture taken.”

We first met Morgan at a cancer camp last summer. In remission for brain cancer, she was looking forward to 2nd grade with a new look at life.

“So full of life, she always found a way to laugh.”

But the cancer returned this spring. With a heart wrenching prognosis, Morgan traveled to the ocean and Disneyworld on a Make A Wish trip.

Amazingly, as Morgan’s condition worsened, she decided her artwork could help others with cancer.

“They were ones like this. She put thought into them.”

During the last days of her life, Morgan put her creativity to paper. Artwork and words from a girl who knew her time here was short.

“She always thought about others and that is what I hope that people will remember and that if you think you are having a bad day but so will somebody else.”

When 2nd grade teacher Gail Discher heard Morgan wanted to sell cards featuring her artwork and donate the money to Make A Wish, the school helped make it happen. After all it was for Morgan.

“Morgan had that kind of personality that kids loved they loved to be with her.”

Even as she prepared to die, Morgan asked about her cards and how she wanted other kids with cancer to get a make a wish trip like she had.

“It wasn't about what Morgan wanted or needed but what others had what they needed or wanted.”

As of tonight, raising 10,000 dollars on her own for Make A Wish, enough for two wishes.

“She always wanted to make sure everyone else was taken care of, even us towards the end.

“Once she found out she had cancer her outlook on life changed.”

Morgan was recently honored for raising the most money at relay for life in Lisbon.

What a gift Morgan has left behind. A courageous battle she waged and yet during the stormiest of times, this 8 year old taught what its like to love and live for a lifetime, never stop giving.

The funeral for 8-year old Morgan Kolling will be held tomorrow at the place she loved most, the Davenport Elementary School. The service starts at 10:30 am.

Make A Wish is helping the Kollings take orders for Morgan's cards. Today the family donated the money Morgan had raised these last few weeks and the need is certainly there. Make A Wish has already granted 22-wishes to North Dakota children.

The non-profit is working on 34-others. That is up considerably from last year. If you are interested in buying some of Morgan’s cards, go to ndwish.org.

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