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Matthew’s Story

Welcome to Matty's Web Page.

It was designed to keep family and friends updated on his battle with Hepatoblastoma.

FOREVER OUR HERO

MATTY "The Bravest" DUBUC

9/24/99 - 3/25/07

 

Matthew was diagnosed with Hepatoblastoma (liver cancer), Stage IV on July 6, 2004. He was just 4 years old. Hepatoblastoma is a rare form of liver cancer and affects only one in a million children a year. Stage IV of the disease means that it has spread, in Matthew's case it spread to his lungs (at initial diagnosis and 13 months later when he relapsed), brain and left wristbone. Matthew had many months of chemotherapy, a liver transplant, 3 lung surgeries, 2 brain surgeries (first tumor removed 12/18/05, second tumor removed on 7/24/06) and radiation. When his wrist tumor got aggressive with no response to chemotherapy or radiation, his left arm was amputated from the elbow down on October 13, 2006. Despite all the hardship he had, he continued to fight his battle like "The Bravest"!! We were told on November 20, 2006 that there was nothing short of a miracle that would help Matty beat his battle.

On March 25, 2007 - 2 years, 8 months and 16 days after Matty was diagnosed, he went to Heaven, peacefully in his sleep.

Matthew has a big brother, Christopher, who was just 9 years old when Matty died. Today, Chris is 16 years old. He grew up too fast, saw too much and knows way more than any child his age should know. Regardless of all he's been through, he's such a good kid, a fantastic student, he's athletic, social and helps in so many ways to 'give back'!

Matty also has a little brother, Zachary, who is now 10 years old. Zachary was just under 2 weeks old when Matty was diagnosed and was 2 1/2 years old when Matty died. Zachary has always been a very good distraction for Matty (and for all of us) because he made it too hard to focus on the frustrations of cancer when we would see his smile and hear his laugh, especially when he was visiting Matty while inpatient! Zachary has no idea he's become so social because of the many trips to the hospital. Zach has many fond memories of Matty, regardless of the short time they had together. Zach is also a terrific student, funny, social and has a big heart!

After finding out on 8/1/05 that Matthew's cancer had returned in his lungs, this web page was created.

 

 

Latest Journal Update

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Matty's birthday was awesome. We helped well over 300 patients at Children's Hospital. I'd call that a successful blood drive. I got to share Matty's story with many new people, which I love to do. It helps in spreading awareness....and helps me to feel that I'm doing a great job of keeping Matty's memory alive.

What's not so awesome is what I realized what today was.

Although there have been more events this past year that has made my heart very happy, I still grieve my boy. I miss Matty every second of every day. I hide a lot of pain behind humor and sarcasm. It didn't take long to learn how to hide behind this mask, because I started when Matty was in . Matty was a rockstar, for sure, but there were many days that I just fell apart because I didn't know what to do for him. I couldn't take away his pain. I couldn't take away Christopher's pain of watching his brother in pain. It's the worst feeling in the world. Well, it's right up there with knowing I'll never be able to hug, kiss or hold Matty ever again.

Today marks the day that Matty's been in Heaven longer than here on earth. I can't even believe it because, honestly, it feels like yesterday that I was holding his hand. Grief doesn't stop. There's always another trigger lurking around the corner. I never anticipated this day, until recently when I realized this day was approaching.

We're still in September. My son still died of childhood cancer. I'm still pushing awareness.

 Are you aware yet?

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Renne' Milinazzo
By Renne'
Completely aware...
Renee Corning
By Renee Corning
Aware
stacey deem
By stacey deem
Yes- and thanks to people like you and Kristina so many others are, too.
Judith Maisey
By Judith Maisey
Sending you Love and hugs.
And yes, I am aware - pushing all the time. For awareness, raising funds for pediatric cancer research, wearing gold, talking with strangers, putting facts on FB. Daughter Melanie decorated her last year's Chili's t-shirt and put names in a big heart - including Matty, Mary, Rowan, and others.

Matty will never be forgotten, His life made a big difference to so many people. Plus although way too short. He lived a life filled with love, friendships, experiences, learning, and purpose.

Love,

Judith, Rowan's grandmother, "Cara"
Margaret Faulkner
By Margaret Faulkner
(((HUGS))) & lots of love to you <3
Pat Donile
By Pat Donile from Zion Illinois
Matty will always be a Rockstar he will never ever be forgotton. He has touched so many lives and still is.Love you Matty, send Mama and Daddy lots of signs today.XXXXOOO
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