ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Eleven years ago Tuesday, the remains of 19-year-old Morgan Harrington were found near Charlottesville. The Virginia Tech student was murdered.
Her grieving family turned the tragedy into opportunities to do good for the community.
That includes establishing a scholarship for medical students at Virginia Tech Carilion Clinic School of Medicine in her memory.
Morgan’s mother, Gil Harrington, said, “In response to injury, we are able to send healers back into the community. That’s how you neutralize evil.”
Every year, the Docs for Morgan basketball game raises money for the scholarships.
In eight years, the game has made more than $400,000 for the students.
This year’s game is Thursday, Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. Because of the coronavirus, it will be a virtual event. Doctors will face off against students in a video version of the game.
“We hope from this year that the community, the school, and Carilion pull together and show that as horrific as the pandemic has been that when people do come together and have a common cause that one can be successful as a group in pulling people together to show the goodness of people always does prevail,” said Dr. Tracey Kriss with Carilion Clinic.
Viewers can still take part. They can watch the game online, make donations and win some prizes as well. For more information about the game, click on this link.