When people meet Matthias, they see a handsome, smart, goofy, sassy seven-year-old. He makes people smile. They eventually notice something is a little different about him; then they realize he can’t see. People are amazed at how well he gets around and how realistic his prosthetic eyes are.
What’s even more amazing is what they don’t see – that he is a six-year cancer survivor.
Matthias was diagnosed with retinoblastoma in both eyes at 3 ½ months old. He had six months of chemotherapy, monthly laser- and cryo-therapies, and Exams Under Anesthesia. Near the end of treatment, his main tumors started growing again and there were more seed tumors – too many to count. Matthias’s eyes were both removed before his first birthday.
Matthias is now happy and healthy, and being blind hasn’t slowed him down much. He attends mainstream school, where he is in the high ability class. He loves music and plays the piano. He is obsessed with weather and would like to work for the National Weather Service when he grows up. Matthias has become a warrior in the fight against cancer. He served as one of five St. Baldrick's Ambassadors in 2013 and shaved his head for the first time. He shaved again in 2014, 2015, and 2016.