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Letcher teen dies after battle with cancer

By: Paige Quiggins Email
By: Paige Quiggins Email

It was a sad day for many in Letcher County as they mourn the death of a teen who lost his battle with cancer.

17-year-old Travis Morton's cancer relapsed in 2009.

The Letcher County Relay For Life where folks will remember a young man who was an inspiration to those who just keep on fighting for their life.

“I don't fight for myself, I fight for others,” Morton said in a 2011 interview. That interview happened just a little more than a year after he was diagnosed with brain cancer. It was something doctors told him they did not think he would overcome.

“They kind of gave up on me. Told me I would never make it to see 16, which I just did the other day,” Morton said.

The 17-year-old graduated from Letcher County Central High School this year. Though he was unable to attend the ceremony, friends say his fight and drive kept them going.

“He has been such a blessing an inspiration for me to know and he is just one of the toughest guys I know and I am just thankful that the Lord put him in my path that I could get to know him like I have,” Austin Johnson said.

Morton played the guitar and said it helped with his therapy.

“I started playing that since I got sick the first time and it's just one of them things that no matter how I feel, the guitar makes me happy,” said Morton.

He raised thousands of dollars for the Relay For Life, “I'm just sick of all this cancer. I'm going to try my best. Even if it doesn't benefit me, I want to raise the most amount of money.”

He will be remembered at the Letcher County Relay For Life just hours after his death.

As a fighter, friend, son and someone who was loved by everyone.


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