Honored Kid

Mathaus O.

Mathaus O. Kid Photo

Location

Leander, TX, US

Diagnosis

Ewing sarcoma

Date of Diagnosis

August 2009

Status

Passed away

Treated At

Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas

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My Story

Mathaus was diagnosed with cancer, Congenital Ewing’s Sarcoma, at 3 months old. On March 7, 2012 he was given his angel wings. Just short of three years, Mathaus’ life did orbit around cancer and all that comes with it; treatments and the side effects physical and emotional. Though Mathaus’ short life was greatly affected by his illness, he possessed great strength, determination, and overcame incredible odds and challenges. With his courage he led us to understand that each day is a blessing and an opportunity to create lasting memories. On his orbit he lived a beautiful and full life! Mathaus’ name means gift from God and he lived up to it. He knew challenges and pain, but he also knew immense amounts of joy and love! Mathaus loved movies, animals - especially dogs, painting, writing, playing cars, dancing, wrestling, dress up and snuggling. He loved chocolate cake, popsicles, ice-cream, blueberries, chocolate milk and sausage. He loved late night snacks with Daddy. He didn’t like messes on his hands. He rolled his tongue to smile. He chewed his bottom lip. He put his arm down mama’s shirt as she held him on his favorite spot, her shoulder. He was a grunter and a snorer. He loved swinging. While in the hospital he liked to walk the halls of 4North and sing; and that sweet boy didn’t just walk he had a swagger! All of these little details we will cherish, but these details where not what made Mathaus special. It was his spirit. His spirit exuded joy, strength, wisdom and love. He loved life. Mathaus was a teacher and he was able to connect people. When Mathaus was born, our world was stretched open to an understanding that this moment right here and now is it! He taught us that in this moment we must give, laugh, smile, dance and love. Mathaus touched people’s lives and caused us to rethink our priorities. He caused us to think about God, family and love. He was God’s gift not only to our family but to each of you. Hold his sweet spirit of love, joy and inspiration, in your souls always.

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