My loveable cousin Matthew was born February 14th, 1989. He was the youngest of three boys in his family. At age 1 and a 1/2 his parents noticed a few things about Mathew that were unusual and took him the doctor. It was then that he was diagnosed with a brain tumor, more specifically, Ependyoma. Throughout his struggle with cancer, he had undergone three Craniotomies to remove the tumor. The cancer had spread from his brain to his spinal cord. He then underwent three rounds of Chemotherapy and two rounds of Radiation.
Throughout his life, Matthew was a happy, lovable and a completely adorable little boy. He love stuffed animals, especially his dinosaurs! One of his favorite things was watching Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with his brothers. The love and support from family and friends was constant throughout these difficult years. If love alone could have saved his life, it would have been so. On August 26th, 1993, Matthew lost his battle with cancer.
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