Honored Kid

Matthew E.

Age 9
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Location

Huntley, IL, US

Diagnosis

Brain or spinal cord tumor

Date of Diagnosis

December 2011

Status

His tumor is stable--not cancer free, not in remission

Treated At

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital

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My Story

Matthew was born on 12-11-11 and at 4 days old was undergoing his 1st brain surgery to address fluid on his brain. During the operation doctors found much more than fluid--Matthew was born with a high grade glioma brain tumor. Matthew has defied every odd in every medical book in the country. He has undergone 2 partial tumor resections, 6 total surgeries and 5 rounds of chemo. After only 5 rounds of chemo, Matthew's tumor has remained stable through 3 MRI's. Matthew has not had chemo since August 13, 2011--something no one could have predicted but something that thousands of people have prayed for. Matthew's smile lights up a room. The life that exudes from him is contagious. He has been an inspiration to so many people but more so, he is a true testament to the power of prayer and to what a powerful God we serve. Matthew's has spent 13 months total in the hospital out of the 2 years that he has lived. He has seen the roughest of days--but through it all his smile has encouraged us and brought us strength. We join the fight to raise money for pediatric cancer research so that kids in the future will have alternatives to such a harsh treatment (chemo) and in hopes of finding a cure for this terrible disease.

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