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Morgan & Connor
   Over six years have passed since Morgan Dunnigan was paralyzed by a spinal cord tumor in her sleep on the evening prior to surgery to remove it. Her development from being dependent on breathing and feeding tubes to walking with crutches was extraordinary, particularly in her four months of rehabilitation at Kennedy Krieger Institute. Morgan arrived on January 10, 2006, unable to perform the simplest of tasks, and four months later she walked through the doors to take on her new life.
   From the moment of Morgan’s injury, she has never given up hope for her recovery, and her tenacity and spirit have been instrumental in what has been a miraculous journey of improvement. We have traveled to Baltimore, Philadelphia, California, North Carolina, and South Carolina to help meet her medical and physical needs. She continues to work out 2-3 days a week with a trainer and a Pilates instructor, and while we do not see her progress on a daily basis, those who have not seen her for long periods of time marvel at her progress.
   And now, Morgan is about to embark on her most extensive and rigorous regimen since she left Kennedy Krieger in May of 2006.
   Morgan has been admitted to the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation NeuroRecovery Network (NRN) Center at The Ohio State University. The mission of the center is to deliver leading-edge, evidence-based rehabilitation therapies to promote function and improve the health and quality of life of people living with paralysis. Morgan will likely spend three months participating in locomotor training, meaning she will be suspended in a harness over a treadmill while therapists move her legs to simulate walking. While Morgan has done this before, new research shows demonstrates the effectiveness of this type of therapy when performed over an extended period of time.
   So what does this mean for Morgan and the family? It means that on April 2, 2012, Morgan will not return to The Miami Valley School to rejoin her classmates and teachers for the spring term. Instead, she and Laura will relocate to Columbus where they will be from Sunday evening through Friday morning each week. Morgan’s workouts take place at 7:30 AM Monday through Friday, so there will be time for Morgan to complete her school work. She has always been a good student, and her teachers will help by providing her work to do while she is away. It means that Colin and Connor will be in Dayton without the girls, something they have experienced before when Laura and Morgan have been away for medical needs but never to this extent. It will not be an easy time, most notably for Morgan, but it is a sacrifice the family is ready to accept.
   We are so thankful for your prayers and support over the years and hope that you will once again include Morgan in your prayers as she takes this next step in her path to a complete recovery. We hope to update more regularly as she participates in this new program.