WolvesCare Hero In The Making: Curtis Morey
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In less than a year, Curtis Morey has undergone brain surgery, radiation and Chemotherapy. And it would be hard to find a more positive, polite and wiser 14-year-old.
An MRI at the Mayo Clinic last January revealed Curtis had a cancerous medulloblastoma tumor in his brain. On Saturday night, the Timberwolves got a chance to honor the Elk River native for his character and determination.
Curtis was recognized as a Hero In The Making, part of the FastBreak Foundation’s WolvesCare month presented by C.H. Robinson Worldwide. At every home game this month, a child persevering through a life-threatening or long-term illness will be honored on the Target Center floor and given the chance to see a Wolves game from a suite, meet their favorite players and take home some Wolves garb.
Through events at Target Center and around the community, the Foundation works to support and encourage these courageous children and their families, as well as raise awareness for some of the illnesses that impact their lives. The FastBreak Foundation is proud to be supported by the Roger and Nancy McCabe Foundation.
His mom, Deborah, said being with her son as he was honored at center court is something that helps her and her family to push forward, because sometimes, a positive attitude is the only thing you have.
“It’s unbelievable he’s here,” Deborah said. “It’s been hard, but stuff like this makes life more doable.”
Curtis said being in the spotlight in front of his favorite players Andrei Kirilenko and Kevin Love was nerve-racking, but a standing ovation from the Target Center punctuated the honor as one incredible experience.
“I tried to stay as strong as I could,” Curtis said. “But once you get out there and see all the fans it’s like, ‘Oh, gosh.’”
Curtis is a basketball player who was forced to drop everything after being diagnosed with the brain tumor and undergoing brain surgery days later. But even though he just taught himself how to walk again, he has already been coaching his JV basketball team.
“I’m a great coach, of course,” he said with a smile. His team, like this Timberwolves team, has experienced a lot of changes this year, but Curtis looks forward to donning a team uniform again.
His balance has been compromised due to the invasive nature of the surgery, and he is fighting to keep his weight up to continue his physical and occupational therapy regimen.
“It took a while, my balance has been off because of the brain surgery,” Curtis said. “I do little things, like sitting on a stability ball with your eyes closed and trying to get your balance back.”
His 10-year-old brother, Chase, has had to count on friends and family to help care for him throughout the past year. Without a doubt, he will continue to look up to his big brother for years to come.
Now, the Morey family is looking forward. Two more cycles of Chemotherapy, and Curtis will be looking toward starting to run, jump and get back on the basketball court.
“What really is the truth is that it’s all in your attitude,” Deborah said. “He’s a fighter.”
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