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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 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


Here we are another Christmas without Matty.

I truly believed this year would be the year that it gets a little easier and when that never happened, it was that much worse!

My expectations were based on this past year. I had a few 'happy heart' moments, something I haven't felt in a very long time. Those moments included Matty, his story, his friends, his memory. Those moments allowed me to feel joy again, something I want more of. I don't choose to be 'stuck' in a state of sadness, but this past month has pretty much felt that way. I guess that's where the rollercoaster comes in. So many ups and downs. I want more happy heart moments and I'll definitely be looking for them in 2015.

I keep hearing Matty's voice of his last Christmas morning, upon seeing all that Santa brought, "Wow, we must've been REALLY good this year!". I'm glad his last Christmas was the best one ever.

Last Christmas we escaped on Christmas and it was the best decision ever. This year, a ski trip was planned. Considering Zach's cast won't fit in a ski, he'll be keeping me company in the lodge! Zach broke his ankle last week on a Scout event of rock climbing. Never a dull moment.

I want to thank those of you who've continued to support us. Team Matty appreciates all that you do to help keep Matty's memory alive.

Wishing you and yours a very merry one. Cherish these moments.......

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Pam Barrow
By Pam Barrow
I was thinking about you all on Christmas. We've obviously never met - but your little Matty made a big impression and I hope it brings a little joy to your heart to know that he's not ever going to be forgotten, even by a complete stranger.
Sarah Gouzoules
By Sarah Gouzoules
Praying that you all had a good Christmas. I'm hoping that Zach's ankle feels better too. Happy New Year!!!
Renee Corning
By Renee
Nerdy bearable Christmas. Ok spell correct did nerdy in place of Merry - but I left it cause it made me laugh. Wishing the Dubucs some happy heart moments in 2015
Eileen Seabolt
By Eileen Seabolt
Merry Christmas to all of you. Hoping Matty helps you with those happier times.
Rachel Baumert
By Rachel Baumert
Sandra.... We wish you a bearable holiday. We pray that Matty sends many signs to you. We love you all.....