Many of you all have asked for an update on Morgan Nolen, the 8 y.o. son of Captain Spencer Nolen, who is battling Stage 4 Ganglion Neuroblastoma. Please continue reading this entire article, there is a message from Morgan’s father below. The image and info I shared on Facebook has been the most popular item I have ever shared on the page. Thank you for getting the word out! It currently has 52k+ shares and reached 4.4 million people. That is an awesome testament to the community you all have built! Below that you will find a message to me from Spencer Nolen to be shared with all of you. It includes an address if you would like to send anything. God Bless you all. Carson is the middle son and has two brothers.
Ways to give/support Morgan:
- If you want to send a donation directly to the family; or send a coin, patch, or something else the address is: 713 Sandy Creek Road, Danville, Va. 24540
- Jim Key is participating in a St. Baldrick’s event for childhood cancers in honor of Morgan Spencer. You can view that event here and give as you may.
- Morgan Nolen Benefit Hockey Game – Greensboro, NC. There is a donation form and it benefits Morgan Nolen (FB event page)
From Spencer Nolen:
Lt Rhett Fleitz, wanted to share some information with you per a previous post. This is Spencer E. Nolen, Sr. I am a volunteer fireman/rescue squadsman in Pittsylvania County (right outside of Danville). I am a career Captain for the City of Greensboro, NC Fire Department. For years, I have been a huge fan and follower of you and Captain Willie Wines Jr. adventures and philosophies.
I have shared an avid interest in our fire service and rescue/ems history with you on occasion. With Captain Wines, I have talked to him about losing my own baby sister to suicide a few years ago. With both of you I have talked about the break up of my family in 2013. You guys always had good, very wise advice. It is no wonder that that you are so respected all over the United States. As posted, my middle son, Morgan Wayne Nolen, recently complained of some back and leg pain. After a couple of trips to the local doctors, he was referred to Duke Hospital where after a series of tests, my son was diagnosed Stage 4 Ganglion Neuroblastoma. He has a large tumor above his left kidney that is putting pressure on his thorax. The cancer has spread to the rear of his pelvis, his left femur, and his right arm. Morgan will receive an aggressive course of treatment over the entire year 2015. This will include chemotherapy,surgery, radiation, stem cell harvesting and replacement.
I do not have alot of time to get on the computer, but I wanted to get this information out there for the brothers and sisters. I am asking for continued prayers for my son. Morgan and his brothers Buddy and Carson have been through a difficult time with family issues. We have witnessed the power of prayer as Morgan goes through this difficult process.
A mailing address where he can be contacted is 713 Sandy Creek Road, Danville, Va. 24540.
I have been blessed that there are some individuals who have led efforts to raise funds for Morgan’s care. These people are GFD Capt. Jeff Chrismon, GFD Capt. Tim Gibbs, Twin Springs Elem Booster Club Amy Powell Moore, Deborah Scearce Gray, and PGFD Capt. Jim Key. They are individuals who handle this as I take care of my son. Morgan has been extremely blessed to have many,many people from his school, his community,church, surrounding volunteer fire departments and rescue squads, and fire departments from throughout the United States who have been there for him as he fights for his life. The IAFF Local 947 (President Dave Coker) and in Raleigh(President Keith Wilder ), as well as the Ignite the Spirit fund (President Jason Chamberlin)have also played a important role in providing help. In the near future I want to send you another post to give thanks to those who have gone above and beyond to help Morgan. THE BROTHERHOOD IS ALIVE AND WELL.
Thank you for allowing me to share this information about Morgan. Stay Safe.
FC Note: while I get a lot of requests to share information on sick/injured firefighters and their family and friends, I simply cannot fulfill every request. In order to make it count when I do, I pick and chose with very little rhyme or reason. It is not an easy decision, yet something that weighs on my heavily. I appreciate all of the requests AND the realization that I simply cannot share everything all the time.