Duluth community rallies behind Long family in their battle against brain cancer

By KBJR News 1

January 3, 2014 Updated Jan 3, 2014 at 10:56 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) -- If you ask people who know Morgan Long they will have many good things to say about her.

"She always cares about everyone else she never ever worries about herself," said Lily Alvarez, Morgan's friend.

"She's always just so positive and one second you are fighting with her and the next second you are laughing and joking around," said her brother, Steve Long, Jr.

She is also a teenager that is facing a major obstacle.

"Morgan was diagnosed in 1998 with brain cancer and since has had five cancerous brain tumors," said her mom, Molly Long.

Morgan has undergone numerous surgeries and chemo–therapy to combat the cancer, but recently made a decision to stop chemo–therapy treatment. She is now looking at her medical options.

In the meantime, the Duluth community is rallying behind the family.

"I know that everyone just wants to come together to help her and her family," said Darby Eilefson, a Senior at Denfeld High School.

Students and teachers at Denfeld and Duluth East High schools have organized a rally to be held at the Denfeld versus Duluth East boys hockey game on Tuesday, January 7. Students have been selling t–shirts to raise money for the Long family and hope people will wear them to the game.

"I think it's amazing that East and Denfeld can come together for once because we are big rival schools and it's always about who can beat who and all that, and its nice for the two schools to get together for me," said Morgan.

The schools are not the only part of the community that is getting involved in the rally.

"We are doing a Morgan Burger. The burger has American cheese with bacon and pickles, I guess that is Morgan's favorite. It will be $11.95 and half the proceeds will go to her," said Toni Giuliani, Banquet Lead at Clyde Iron Works.

The Longs are very thankful for the amount of support they have received from the community.

"It's an emotional thing for me and my family and I just can't thank everybody enough," said her brother.

The Rally for Morgan will kick off at Stills Arena at the Heritage Center with a tribute skate from Kjerstyn Hall at 7:15pm. Duluth Mayor Don Ness will also proclaim the day Morgan Long day at 7:25 pm. The game will start at 7:30 pm.
Morgan Long t-shirts and bracelets will also be sold on game day.