Bats for Matt
Dear Friends and Family,
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From Matt's younger sister, Kim:
My older brother Matt was an ordinary kid who loved sports, spending time with friends, and teasing his younger siblings. Matt excelled as a straight-A student all through school, broke high school records as a four-year varsity athlete, and had a contagious smile that could cheer you up on the worst of days. Although we fought in car rides, I cried when he tricked me into eating a hot pepper, and he teased me non-stop about boys, I secretly wanted to be just like Matt and follow the path he set before me. Matt taught me to push limits but stay out of trouble, to drive when I couldn't wait for drivers ed. (sorry Mom and Dad¦), and to take the lead rather than living life as a follower.
When Matt was a freshman at the University of North Carolina, he became very sick, and after seeing many doctors he was diagnosed with Hodgkins lymphoma. He obviously never expected to spend his time in college in and out of hospital rooms (especially at collegiate rival Duke) but Matt kept his spirits high and even carried the rest of our family when times were tough. Matt was so optimistic that it came as a total shock to me when I woke up one March morning to hear that Matt, my brother, friend and role model, was gone.
It's been almost seven years since we lost Matt, and we remember how he lived his 21 years to the fullest and touched us all in so many ways. Since Matt passed, I've continued to follow in his footsteps as a Tarheel and have thought, "What would Matt do in this situation? during every big decision I had to make knowing he would guide me to the right answer. His legacy has outlived his short life.
In memory of Matt and so many others we have lost to cancer, please consider making a donation to Make-A-Wish in order to help grant a wish for a child with a life-threatening illness thats going through the same hardships that Matt had to. Wishes not only allow these kids to live out their dreams, but they provide hope and strength to make it through endless chemo treatments, surgeries, and time away from friends and family.
Donations from people like you have helped grant wishes every 38 minutes for children like Olivia who wanted to go on a Disney Cruise, Noah who wanted to go to the NBA All-Star Game, and Bionca who wanted to attend her senior prom. Lets pitch in and help make more dreams come true.
Thank you for your continued support of our organization and the Make-A-Wish Children.