Dear world. It’s Morgan’s mum and dad here. If you have been following her on Instagram www.instagram.com/dontmswithmorgs/ you will be aware that despite her selfless courage over these past few years fighting multiple sclerosis and CTLA4 deficiency, she succumbed to melanoma cancer in October 2018. She was just 25 years of age and had so much she wanted to achieve in terms of being a support to similar sufferers as well as raising funds for a cure; so the least we can do is to continue this fight on her behalf. We intend to do this in a number of ways:
- Keep her blog up to date with any relevant medical news or breakthroughs. As you are already reading this latest update to her blog – we are grateful for your interest. Please keep in touch, we have much planned! If you have only just happened to have stumbled on this blog by chance and are reading this for the first time, we recommend you scroll down to the bottom and to Morgan ‘s first post from July 2016. It is well worth the read and we hope you find some inspiration from it.
- Morgan had been involved as a volunteer for fundraising into a cure for MS, and she was similarly keen to do her bit for melanoma research, and for rare diseases such as CTLA4 immunodeficiency once her melanoma had been taken care of. Morgan left funds in her estate to continue her support for these causes; and we will continue to raise funds on her behalf via The Morgan Mansell Fund which is now up and running. We very much hope that if you or anyone close to you is suffering from health issues similar to Morgan, that you will draw inspiration from how she fought her own battles with such humour and dignity, and that this is some comfort for you as you travel your own journey. And of course, if you can see your way to making your own donation, no matter how small, to the Morgan Mansell Fund, we know she would be so much appreciative. Please visit: http://donate.communityfoundation.org.au/donate-morgan-mansell-fund for further details (100% of all funds raised will be granted out, and all donations are fully tax deductible).
- Continue to raise awareness of how devastating yet preventable melanoma is and especially that it is such a significant threat to young adults (it is the most common cancer in young Australians (15 – 39 year olds). Please get a skin check at least annually.
So your ongoing support for her cause would be so much appreciated, and if you or any of your loved ones are suffering from similar health issues, you will be very much in our thoughts and prayers.
Peter and Julie Mansell