KARE: Megan Wagner's cancer journey is colored Maroon and Gold


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Nov 11, 2008
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Megan was profiled by Daniel House in a big GopherHole article a few weeks back. Megan's Dad is a reader of GH.

Per KARE 11:

The cancer journey for many is truly a marathon, but for a 9-year-old girl from Maple Grove it's turned into an Ironman competition... with a heart transplant looming at the finish line.

To get there, she needs to fight, and she's got quite the team pulling for her...

“It truly takes a village and we're calling upon our village and we're grateful,” says Andrea Wagner, Megan’s mother.

It took 9-months, but Megan Wagner beat osteosarcoma. It took eighteen rounds of intense chemotherapy. She also had surgery to remove a tumor and save her right leg.

Not for the faint of heart. But now, Megan's heart 'is' the problem.

“I hope someday no other parent will have to hear that your child has heart failure because of the old chemo therapy products we had to use because there's nothing better at this time,” says Megan's dad Matt.

The very drugs that saved Megan, damaged her heart and she needs a transplant. But that can't happen until she's cancer-free for one year and strong enough to survive the surgery.

“She whispered to Matt, I'm not ready to die, so we know she's got a lot of fight left in her and we'll do that with her,” says Andrea.

And Andrea and Matt are not in this ordeal alone.

“For whatever reason I was just drawn to her she's got an incredible spirit,” says Heather Fleck.

Heather Fleck, her husband P.J. and the Gopher football team have rallied around Megan and her family, starting with linebacker Thomas Barber and four-time osteosarcoma survivor Casey O'Brien, who calls Megan Wonder Woman.

Go Gophers!!


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Nov 5, 2008
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Here's a very promising CaringBridge Update. Man, this girl is amazing.
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