Matthew was an amazing child from the day he was born. He was always full of life and adventure. He loved being with his family and friends. His favorite things were John Deere, John Deere and John Deere. Well, don't forget Buzz Lightyear, Jimmy Neutron and The Incredibles, but John Deere was certainly on the top of his list! He knew every type of construction equipment that was out there. He would blast off with Jimmy Neutron over and over, and he was sure that he could run as fast as Dash from the Incredibles. His most favorite thing though was probably his baby sister. He just loved her like no other. He was a quiet little boy until she came along, then she brought out a wild side in him. Given her personality, we are pretty sure it was survival on his part, but they had so much fun together.
Matthew was diagnosed with leukemia in August of 2005, Just about 5 weeks before his 4th birthday. About 2 weeks after his diagnosis, we learned that he had a rare chromosomal abnormality with his leukemia, he was Philadelphia chromosome positive, and he now needed a stem cell transplant. His baby sister, not quite 2 years old yet, was a match and his best chance. She donated cells to him twice, and the two of them have a special bond forever from this special gift Lauren gave her big brother.
Matthew underwent all his treatment like a trooper. He was so upbeat through everything. We don't know where he was able to draw his energy, but he was amazing. He fought until the end. After almost five months of treatment, Matthew became an angel on January 15, 2006. His memories run strong in his family and friends. We miss him to infinity and beyond.
We are honored to share Matthew's story with you for this wonderful organization. Thank you!