According to her Facebook page, Morgan Lamp’s favorite colors are “green and sparkles,” but she may be adding orange to that list someday soon.
Many of the students and staff at Smart Intermediate School in Davenport, where 13-year-old Morgan is a student, wore orange Wednesday in honor of the seventh-grader, who was diagnosed about a year ago with acute myeloid leukemia.
Morgan remains in the pediatric intensive-care unit of the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital, her mother, Amber Lamp, said. Her family has not yet been able to make her aware of the special event held on her behalf because doctors decided to place the girl in a medically induced coma Sunday.
Kim Bohannon, a counselor at Smart Intermediate, said the wear orange for Morgan day came about through “one of the girls she is on Student Senate with.” After determining that orange is the leukemia awareness color, the student “posted it on Facebook and it took off from there,” Bohannon added.
Amber Lamp said her daughter was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia Feb. 3, 2012. She was hospitalized until August, when the disease went into remission, but it returned about three months later and she was back in the hospital by Dec. 5.
Acute myeloid leukemia is a cancer that begins inside the bone marrow, which helps form blood cells. The cancer grows from cells that normally would turn into white blood cells. The term “acute” means the disease develops quickly. It is rare in people younger than 40, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
In addition to their supportive wearing of the orange, the Smart students began working Wednesday on get-well cards they plan to send to Morgan’s hospital room, Bohannon said.
That seems to fit something else on Morgan’s Facebook page, where she has written: “I love my friends and family and don’t know what I’d do without them.”