Honored Kid

Matthew Bryan

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Charlotte, NC, US



Date of Diagnosis

July 2000


Passed away

Treated At

Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital Johns Hopkins Children's Center

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My Story

On July 13, 2000, I heard the words no parent should ever have to hear, 'your child has cancer'.   When my son Matthew was 4 he started having unexplained fevers, loss of energy, and I knew something wasn't right.  After taking him to 15 doctor visits in 6 months and being told he was anemic, I asked if there was anyone else we had not seen in the practice.  I was told a recent medical school graduate had just joined the practice and after palpitating Matthews' abdomen he said Matthews' liver was enlarged 4-fingers breadth and by the size of it, had been that way for some time.  He said, 'take him immediately to the children's hospital'.  That night a  scan showed a tumor the size of a baseball in his liver, encroaching on his portal vein.   A biopsy indicated Matthew had a rare childhood solid tumor, Hepatoblastoma.  The next two years Matthew went through 10 rounds of chemo and 8 surgeries at Palmetto Children's Hospital; an eleven-hour liver-resection at Johns Hopkins Children's Hospital; and radiation treatment at Emory Hospital.  Despite never giving up; trying everything we could; massive prayers from faithful family and friends; my precious child passed away at the age of 6 years on August 25, 2002.  I pray we find a cure in this lifetime; no child should ever have to fight this battle. 

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