Baseball Boys Wear Pink And Green To Support Girl With Cancer

By: Sarah Plake Email
By: Sarah Plake Email

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- In March, 13 News brought you a story of a spunky 13-year-old girl named Morgan Kottman, who is battling a brain stem tumor, and the community came out Wednesday afternoon to support her.

"Mighty Moe," as her family and friends call her, is doing great. She was hanging out with them at a baseball game all dedicated to her.

The community is still showing support for Morgan Kottman, a teenager who is living her life like any teenager would, except for one part, she has an inoperable brain stem tumor.

Her family and friends, and also complete strangers, have been there for her from the start - from meal deliveries to the Kottman's home, to Krispy Keme Doughnut sales, to bracelets and more.

"It's overwhelming, but it makes us feel good," Morgan's mom Christine said. "Morgan said people must really like her! She said she didn't know she knew so many people."

The Seaman and Washburn Rural boy's baseball teams sported pink and green shirts in a benefit baseball game in Morgan's name as she watched on in the stands, eating nachos with her friends.

A friend of Christine's, Tod Peters, who is also the Washburn Rural coach, and Seaman coach Steve Bushnell, helped put on the benefit game and silent auction.

"We're trying to raise some awareness and raise some funds to help her through a difficult time and help her family," Bushnell said. "And we're going to make sure our baseball game is part of that."

Morgan doesn't think her illness makes her any different.

"She's upbeat, she always stays positive," Jerry Kottman, Morgan's dad said.

"She wants to go to school and be normal like all the other kids, so she tries to go to school as much as she can," Christine added.

Treatments in Kansas City take up much of Morgan's free time these days, but the family feels blessed to have so much support.

Jerry can think of one thing to say.

"I'd like to say thank you, nothing other to say than thank you. My heart melts every time someone asks 'how's Morgan doing?'"

"She's doing great."

The game was originally scheduled for April 26th but got rained-out.

Seaman won both games Wednesday night.

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