Community lends support to local teacher with cancer

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HARLAN, Ky. (WYMT) - Community members in Harlan County are rallying behind one of their own who was recently diagnosed with glioblastoma.

Stephen Morris told WYMT he had been out one Saturday with his little league team when he began to feel confused. His wife took him to the emergency room where doctors found a cancerous brain tumor and flew Morris to the University of Tennessee Medical Center for surgery.

"I'm just really blessed to be here and I just want to give God all the glory for being here,” Morris said.

Longtime friend Scott Lisenbee said he was on vacation when he first heard about Morris’ condition and began looking for the fastest way to get back to Harlan from South Carolina.

"If anybody can fight it, it's him,” Lisenbee said.

About two weeks after his surgery, Lisenbee and other friends in the Harlan community began spreading the word to pray for Morris and his family.

Little League President and state trooper James Hensley paired with others to start making and selling T-shirts that read Morris Strong to help his family with costs.

"We just want to show the family that we support him and we're behind him and to keep up the good fight and don't quit,” James Hensley, President of Harlan Little League, said.

Hensley said to make the shirts even more personable to Morris, he added an orange power T to the word strong for Morris’ favorite college team the Tennessee Volunteers.

Tennessee Football Head Coach Butch Jones even sent Morris an autographed poster telling him to “Keep up the fight”.

Morris said with friends and community members rallying behind him, fighting and praying are the only things he can do.

“It's just been totally uplifting to get to experience something like that and I'm just so thankful for the entire community for stepping up and praying for us,” Morris said.

T-shirts are being sold for $10, if you would like to purchase one you can send an email to

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