Home » Morgan Battles Osteosarcoma: Benefit Homes Project of GHBA Contributes to Cancer Center for 25 years
(September 13, 2013) This October marks the 25th anniversary of a philanthropic partnership between the Greater Houston Builders Association (GHBA) and Texas Children’s Hospital. The Benefit Homes Project of the GHBA has contributed more the $1.2 million to Texas Children’s Hospital since 1988. Their generous support has fueled research and patient care programs in Texas Children’s Cancer Center and other areas of the hospital.
We are grateful to the developers, builders, contractors, subcontractors and suppliers who have given time, talent and materials to help heal sick children at Texas Children’s Hospital and Texas Children’s Cancer Center.
“A great big thank you to the Greater Houston Builders Association and the Benefit Homes Project for supporting Texas Children’s Hospital and so many of our different initiatives. For twenty-five years, you’ve been helping us to heal sick children,” said Mark Wallace, President and CEO, Texas Children’s Hospital.
“What can we say? Such a huge thank you to the greater Houston Builders Association. For 25 years you’ve supported us here Texas Children’s Hospital in Texas Children’s Cancer Center. Your homes that you’ve donated are beautiful. You’ve changed the lives of children with cancer through the money donated for research and patient care. We can’t thank you enough,” said Dr. ZoAnn Dreyer, a physician at Texas Children’s Cancer Center.
“I want to say thank you to each and every member of the Greater Houston Builders Association for all the wonderful work they’ve done for Texas Children’s Cancer Center. Over these past 25 years you’ve garnered nearly one point three million dollars and support cancer research that’s helping children not only in the Houston the area of Texas, but all over the world,” said Dr. David Poplack, Director of Texas Children’s Cancer Center.
“She was very active in sports and gymnastics. She complained about her left leg hurting. On Thanksgiving, she was playing with some of her cousins when she started limping really bad on her left leg. That Monday we went to our pediatrician. They took x-rays and then they sent us to see Dr. (Lisa) Wang. They did a biopsy and that’s when we started our treatment, was after that morning,” said Morgan’s father.
“Morgan was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in December of 2009. She underwent several rounds of chemotherapy. She had a limb salvage surgery in March 2010 on her left leg, and then underwent chemo again. We finished her treatment in November 2010. At that time, Morgan was living cancer-free. We went back home and she’s been living the life of a normal 10 to 11-year-old girl. We came back for our routine scans in May 1. On May 8, we met for the results. We were told that the cancer was back. They had found a nodule on Morgan’s right lobe of her lung and now we’ve found out there’s another tumor in her right leg. So today we will remove that nodule, and then we’ll go home to recover and we’ll be back for more chemotherapy and another limb salvage surgery,” said Morgan’s mother.
Morgan was the first child in Texas to benefit from magnetic bone lengthening.
“[Morgan] has a type of bone cancer which often spreads to the lungs.We think the best way to save her is to do a combination of surgery and chemotherapy. The first step is to remove all the nodules that we can find, and that’s what we’re doing today,” said Dr. Jed Nuchtern, a surgeon at Texas Children’s Hospital.
“Somebody was always there for you, anytime no matter what it was, there was always somebody there. No matter what you needed– they were there. We were treated like family, it wasn’t like a number– it was like– a family. There was no question about what was going to happen. Morgan knew exactly what was going to happen. She was shown what was going to happen and understood what she was going through,” said Morgan’s father.
“What time are we going in?” asked Morgan.
Nuchtern replied, “Well, it’s been a little up and down because the surgery before yours has taken a little longer than they thought. You”ll be waking up in the wake up room.”
“In recovery,” Morgan said.
“Yes, in recovery” said Nuchtern to Morgan, as she waited in the pre-op area before having surgery to remove a malignant nodule.
“With the downs come the ups. We had lots of great experiences here while we were at the hospital. We explained that we had met another family through this who had just finished chemo a couple weeks ago. I said, ‘did you find it kinda crazy that you could leave the hospital’ …because it’s kind of bittersweet. There’s a lot of good that can come from what these kids go through,” said Morgan’s mother.
Texas Children’s Cancer Center First in Texas to Magnetically Lengthen Nine-Year-Old’s Leg as She Grows – April 15, 2010 – Texas Children’s Cancer Center
Girl, 9, gets revolutionary leg lengthening device – KTRK-TV, Houston, TX