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APSU fraternity helps send terminally-ill mother to Disney World

            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Savannah Cashman Morgan only has a few weeks to live. The 19-year-old mother has stage IV ovarian cancer, and after receiving this grim diagnosis, she decided to take a trip.

            “My wish is to take my four-year-old to Disney World in the time that I have left,” Morgan wrote on the website gofundme.com.

            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Savannah Cashman Morgan only has a few weeks to live. The 19-year-old mother has stage IV ovarian cancer, and after receiving this grim diagnosis, she decided to take a trip.

            “My wish is to take my four-year-old to Disney World in the time that I have left,” Morgan wrote on the website gofundme.com.

            With her medical expenses, Morgan didn’t have enough money to cover the trip, so she turned to the fund raising site, hoping someone would help her raise the money. A few days later, her story reached Andrew Montgomery, president of the Austin Peay State University Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity chapter.

            “I listened to the story and thought, ‘We’re doing it,’” Montgomery said. “It just so happened that I heard it on the day of our meeting. Everybody in the fraternity thought it was a great idea, and we thought $1,500 was a good donation to give.”

            On Sept. 15, Montgomery and his fraternity brothers visited Morgan at Vanderbilt Medical Center to present her with a $1,500 check.

            “I said, ‘Let’s make this bigger,’” Montgomery said. “Let’s get more people to donate.”

The fraternity contacted WKRN News 2 in Nashville, and TV anchor Samantha Fisher covered the donation for that evening’s newscast. The story quickly went viral. It was picked up by the online news source BuzzFeed and The Daily Mail newspaper in London.

          “I was really shocked about it,” Montgomery said. “It was on Ashton Kutcher’s website. It’s been really crazy. We sent it out to our Alphas in the entire state of Tennessee, and they started giving.”

            A few days after the APSU fraternity made its donation, Morgan left Vanderbilt with more than $8,000 for a trip to Disney World with her daughter, Hannah. Her fund raising account, http://www.gofundme.com/e8f7mk, is still active, but it is now taking donations to set up a college fund for Hannah.

            For more information on the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity at APSU, contact Stephen Dominy, coordinator of fraternity and sorority affairs, at dominys@apsu.edu.

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Photo cutline: Members of the APSU Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, Artrice Pray, Matthew Stevenson, Todd Johnson, Javontae Allen, Trevor Brand and Andrew Montgomery, present Savannah Cashman Morgan with $1,500 to take her daughter to Disney World.