Cora Morgan and Korrine Roberts live only streets away from each other in Lehi, Utah, but the two moms didn't meet until Morgan's 4-year-old daughter, Harper, was diagnosed with a rare form of acute lymphoblastic leukemia that required immediate hospitalization.
“I felt like I’d been hit by a truck — I couldn’t talk, sleep or eat for five days,” Morgan told People. “I was almost afraid to breathe. I just went into ‘mom’ mode and shut down.”
Roberts' 5-year-old daughter Livvi was in her ninth month of chemotherapy for the same type of leukemia, and when Roberts heard about Harper from a friend, she reached out to Morgan to offer her support.
“I told her, ‘I know you’re in the craziest, most stressful time of your life — I’m here if you need me,'” Roberts said. “I wanted her to know that the next month would be the most difficult of her life, but that she would get through it.”
The two families have since become close, and while Harper and Livvi have bonded, so have their moms.
“It’s been so helpful to have Korrine here to help me know what to expect and offer the support that you can only get from someone who’s been there,” Morgan shared. “We’re there for each other. Cancer moms are a force to be reckoned with.”
Livvi is now on a once-monthly maintenance program and Harper is undergoing chemotherapy. The girls' community has come together to support them, holding a “spa day” for the girls and partnering with DKMS to hold a drive to sign more than 100 people up as potential bone marrow donors.
“We’re fortunate in that neither of our girls needs a bone marrow transplant, and we hope it remains that way,” Roberts said. “But many other families aren’t as fortunate. So we feel it’s important to help every way we can and raise awareness.”
“Who knows what can happen through the power of these two little girls,” added Morgan. “All it takes is one match to save a life. I can’t control what the cancer is doing to Harper’s body, but maybe I can help another mom to feel less angst, just like Korrine helped me. However I can, I want to pass that along.”
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