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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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Missing my costume loving boy!

For Matty, Halloween wasn't about the candy, it was about the costumeS, plural! Matty started his costume hunt in September. By October, he would have at least 3 to choose from. Sometimes, the week before Halloween, he would decide on another costume. But, they were never wasted, as Matty dressed up often. It didn't have to be Halloween in our house, to wear a costume!
Most Halloweens, Matty would only trick or treat to a few houses with Johnny, then return home to help me pass out candy. I miss my little helper!
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Have a safe trick or treat!
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Diane Lucas
By Diane Lucas
Matty's adorable face and cute little smile ALWAYS makes me smile....
Lisa Lawrence
By Lisa Lawrence
I have a kiddo like that and I actually thought of Matty as I was buying the third costume. My little one can thank Matty for her Pink Power Rangers costume. Hope you have a bearable day and the happy memories of Matty make you smile.