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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 18 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


Wishing my firstborn a very Happy 18th Birthday!

Chris turns 18 years old today. Where has the time gone? From a kid who's been through so much in his life, he's turning into such a fine young man. We're so incredibly proud of him!

This is a really big year for Chris. He's a senior in high school. He's applied to colleges. (He received his first acceptance within 7 days of applying!) And, he's training to run the Boston Marathon.

This past weekend, we hosted a fundraising event for Chris, who's running the 2016 Boston Marathon with the Dana Farber Marathon Challenge team. The event was amazing. It was so successful that I raised his fundraising goal, because he passed his original goal of $10,000. Donations are still greatly appreciated. Cancer doesn't stop, neither does the fundraising! Please visit

Chris has grown up all too well aware of cancer and how it affects (and breaks) a family. I love that he doesn't just want to run Boston but he wants to do so, with raising funds and awareness for Dana Farber, in memory of his brother.

Wishing Chris birthday signs from above all year long!

11 people hearted this



Ruth Dubuc
By Memere & Pepere
Happy Birthday Chris. Can't believe that you have turned 18. You are such a wonderful and kind young man. I know that you'll do a great job running the marathon.
Judi Regan
Congratulations on passing your original goal Chris! I never doubted you would get there! Good luck on all the hard work u will be doin to get ready for the big day! Hope the weather cooperates for you the next few months. Happy Birthday! Matty is smiling down on you all! 😊
Pat Donile
By Pat Donile
Happy Birthday Chris!!!Congratulations and good luck to you!!! Matty give your big brother Chris lots of signs today!!!! You all are such an amazing family!Thanks for sharing your journey with us!!! God bless you all!!
Renee Corning
By Renee
Happy Birthday Chris!