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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.


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 17 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 11 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


Matty, you must be so proud! Not only of all who continue to honor you, but of your brothers! Most especially this past week when your older brother, Chris, was accepted to run the 2016 Boston Marathon with the Dana Farber Marathon Challenge team! Chris is so excited and we're so excited for him. He gets to honor you with doing something he loves to do, run! And he's so good at it! I just wish you were going to be with us, physically instead of spiritually, on April 18, 2016 to see Chris accomplish a goal he's been working toward for so long! For years, Chris talked about how when he turns 18, he wants to run the Boston Marathon for Dana Farber! He turns 18 next month. He had his first fundraiser at his high school on your birthday and it was very successful! 
Chris has also been working on college applications and I know you're helping him along the way. You are included in every application. It's just so obvious how much he misses you. We all miss you.
Please continue to watch over Chris as this year, his senior year in high school, is such a big year for him.

For anyone interested in helping Chris to reach his fundraising goal of $10,000, please visit:

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Sarah Gouzoules
By Sarah Gouzoules
Wow! It is wonderful that Chris will be able to run the marathon in tribute to Matty!! Way to go, Chris!!
Pat Donile
By Pat Donile
Yea Chris you rock!!!Matty is cheering you on!!!
Kristina Eisnor
By Kristina Eisnor
I am so proud of Chris - I can't even imagine how much pride you and Johnny feel for him! Can't wait to cheer him on at Mile 25!!!!
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Jody Jacklin
Congratulations, Chris. It is an honor with a special push.