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Norwood Park Girl, 6, Battling Cancer To Be Honored By City Council For ‘Extraordinary Strength And Courage’

"Molly's extraordinary strength and courage has inspired her family, friends, and neighbors," the resolution says of Molly Morris.

After 6-year-old Molly Morris was diagnosed with stage 4 kidney cancer in May, the Far Northwest Side began supporting her family with signs and orange ribbons that line businesses and churches from Jefferson Park to the nearby suburbs, as seen outside St. Monica's Roman Catholic Church in Norwood Park on June 3.
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NORWOOD PARK — The Far Northwest Side’s Molly Morris is expected to be honored by City Council for her “extraordinary strength and courage” as the 6-year-old battles stage 4 kidney cancer.

Ald. Anthony Napolitano (41st) and 14 other aldermen introduced a resolution to honor Morris during Wednesday’s City Council meeting. Napolitano said the girl is an inspiration to his ward.

“Molly’s extraordinary strength and courage has inspired her family, friends, and neighbors; orange ribbons line the businesses and churches from Jefferson Park to the nearby suburbs and #Mollystrong can be seen across signs in the City representing the support Molly has from her community,” the resolution says.

In early May, Morris, of Norwood Park, felt pain in her side and went to the doctor for X-rays, her parents previously told Block Club. Doctors found a tumor in her kidney. A day later, Molly was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer and spent nearly a month at Lurie Children’s Hospital. 

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The family previously said they are in good hands and want to extend a public “thank you” to everyone who has offered support and prayers.

“Molly is the sweetest, silliest but super independent and stubborn [girl]. She’s a fighter,” said her mother, Erin Morris. “She wants to help the nurses do everything, like change her bandages and put her monitors on her. She wants to be involved in the process entirely.”

The resolution calls on City Council to “extend our sincerest well wishes to Molly Grace Morris” as a sign of honor and respect.

“Molly represents all our children, and we pray for her speedy recovery,” Napolitano previously told Block Club.

Morris is out of the hospital and undergoing weekly chemotherapy. She has had 13 chemo treatments, and on Wednesday she started radiation, according to the #MollyStrong Facebook page run by her family.

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After six-year-old Molly Morris was diagnosed with stage 4 kidney cancer, the Far Northwest Side has stepped up to show support for the family with signs and orange ribbons that line several businesses and churches from Jefferson Park to the nearby suburbs, as seen outside St. Monica’s Academy in Norwood Park on June 3, 2021.

Molly’s father said she is undergoing a 42-week treatment plan that includes chemotherapy, radiation and possibly more surgeries. 

A lover of cheetah prints, cooking, baking and boxing, Molly’s family said the second-grader has kept high spirits and a smile on her face through it all.

Earlier this month, she visited Wrigley Field and ran the bases. She also shaved her mother’s head, and her cousins went bald to show solidarity with her.

People can donate to Molly’s family here or support them by buying Molly Strong apparel.

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