Tracy Moore wears nearly a dozen rubber bracelets on his left wrist for different kids who have cancer.
Three — one blue, one purple and gold, one black and orange — are for Morgan Mitchell.
That doesn't even account for all the battles she has waged against cancer.
The 19-year-old from Broken Arrow is fighting Ewing's sarcoma for the fifth time. She has undergone numerous surgeries and endured long rounds of chemo and beat back the disease time and again — only to have it come back.
“She just never gives up,” Moore said. “She just always has that smile on her face.”
The Oklahoma State receiver has drawn inspiration from her.
And vice versa.
After a bumpy couple of years — a punishment-induced limited role in the 2011 Fiesta Bowl followed by a serious ankle injury that resulted in a medical redshirt and a fifth season — Moore is playing some of his best ball as a Cowboy heading into Saturday's Bedlam game. He had the best performance of his career against Baylor, catching five balls for 126 yards and one touchdown.
That night, Morgan was one of the first people waiting outside the locker room to congratulate him.
“You did awesome,” she told him. “I'm so proud of you.”
He grinned with dimples almost as big as his smile — and that made Morgan smile one of her toothy grins.
Happy moments haven't always been easy for her to come by these past six years.
Morgan was a seventh grader at Coweta Middle School — she went there instead of Broken Arrow because her mom worked in the district for nearly two decades — when she started having pain in her right leg. She had gone through softball season without any problem, but when basketball practice started, the pain began and got worse if she ran.
Her mom, Marva, thought it might be a muscle strain, and they treated it for a week or so.
It only got worse.
They went to the urgent care clinic where they were told that Morgan might have a blood clot but that they'd need to do an ultrasound the next day. An ultrasound led to an MRI and then led to a specialist in Oklahoma City.
Morgan had Ewing's sarcoma, one of the most common bone cancers in children, in her fibula.
Surgery removed a big chunk of the bone, ending Morgan's basketball career.
It was devastating. Sports had always been a major part of her life — “She was the sports queen of the world,” her mom said — and she played year-round. She even played football in sixth grade, offensive and defensive line. But basketball was her first love.
She dreamed of one day playing in the WNBA.
But it wasn't long after surgery that she met some OSU athletes. She was taking chemo at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa when they visited as part of OSU's extensive Coaches vs. Cancer program.
After that, she attended every one of its events that she could.
It was during the 2011 Spring Sing, a karaoke night where kids with cancer get to sing with OSU athletes, that Morgan met Moore. She had just come through her second bout with cancer, needing her left kidney removed and going through another long string of chemo, but she was the life of the party.
“She just has that personality that you're just kind of drawn to,” Moore said.
He actually saw a lot of himself in Morgan. Outgoing. Fun loving. Always smiling.
So, when Morgan and young friend Olivia Hamilton — known around the college football world as Justin Blackmon's super fan — went onstage to sing something from Hannah Montana, Moore and Blackmon decided to tag along.
Moore swears he didn't know the song.
“She did most of the singin',” he said. “Me and Justin did the background dancin'.”
That night, a bond was formed, and when Moore saw Morgan a few months later at a football game, they exchanged numbers and have been in regular contact ever since. He checked on her through her third bout with cancer when tumors popped up on her vertebrae and needed nearly two months of proton radiation. And through her fourth bout when the cancer appeared on her right kidney and lungs. And now through her fifth bout, which forced her to drop out of her first semester at Tulsa Community College.
A small tumor on her right kidney has already been removed, and now, she is undergoing chemo for three spots on her left lung.
“God has this!” is her motto.
Morgan has a deep-seeded faith that those around her say is the source of her strength and sunny disposition. She posts videos on Instagram of her singing along with the car radio. She wears goofy wigs for pictures that appear on her Facebook page, Morgan's Fight = My Fight.
But Morgan believes that her friendship with Moore, which has extended to their families getting to know each other, is part of a divine plan for her battle with cancer.
“I just really believe it's like an angel sent from God,” she said. “He has touched me and my family's lives in ways he will never know.”
He texts. He calls. He has even visited the hospital on occasion.
“He has done a lot of sweet things for me that have taken my mind off having to go through something so bad,” she said.
Sometimes, Morgan and Moore try to convince each other who's the bigger inspiration.
“You're my hero,” he will say.
“No, you don't get it,” she will say. “You're mine.”
And with that, they'll both smile, her with that toothy grin, him with those dimples.
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