Area Hockey Teams Join Together To Help Girl With Cancer

By KBJR News 1

January 30, 2011 Updated Jan 30, 2011 at 10:54 PM CST

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) -- How do you stop hockey rivals from checking each other into the boards?

Give them a common cause.

Several hockey teams and plenty of supporters hit the ice today to help a girl with cancer.

Dave Anderson has her story.

Plenty of people, hot food, cold ice; those three elements add up to a good time at Mars Lakeview Arena.

On Sunday, the fun was tempered by the knowledge that the event was for a teenage girl with brain cancer named Morgan Long.

"She's very tired but continues to make it through the days with a big smile on her face and thinks of positive outcomes."

Morgan has been plagued with recurrent brain tumors since the age of 17 months.

Some of those expenses were covered by the Northern Lights Foundation; a Duluth based organization that helps children with serious illness.

"The Northern Lights Foundation is a wonderful organization that I would love to have more people know about."

Radiation and chemo have helped Morgan as much as they can.
Now she faces an expensive operation.

That's where this skating fundraiser comes in.

It was organized in part by Marshall Hockey coach Brendan Flaherty who called together his rivals to help the young girl.

"Our hockey program, Central, Hermantown Hawks; some of our fiercest rivals are on board."

Morgan's mother, father and brother offer advice to families facing similar health problems with a loved one.

"Take it day to day. Don't think of the future and live life for the moment."

That's advice Morgan is taking herself and is grateful for this moment of support.

"I just want to say thank you to everyone that came to my benefit and supported me!"