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Nov 17, 2018
Matthew Griffin Donald Mancuso (March 5, 1993 - November 16, 2018)
On October 31st-November 1st, our Matthew was complaining of acute stomach/GI pains/heart burn-type symptoms. Around 9:00 pm on November 1st, he traveled via Uber to the hospital to check out the situation. By the time he arrived, he had a “thready pulse” (meaning not stable) and was suffering from hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). Once the security team started bringing him into the hospital via wheelchair, he aspirated into his lungs which caused a cardiac arrest. Emergency responders provided him CPR for 75 minutes; once he was stable enough, they put him directly onto a life support machine to bypass his lungs and heart. Matthew's medical team was able to complete an MRI on November 10th. The results found that the amount of time spent providing CPR resulted in a diffused and extensive anoxic ischemic brain injury.
Matthew has always been the strongest member of our family. He passed away peacefully on the evening of November 16, 2018. We thank you for your thoughts and prayers at this time. Please live every day in the same spirit that Matthew did: Live This Day.
(UPDATE) Arrangements: In honor of Matthew, and on behalf of the Mancuso/Ramalho family, we invite all relatives and friends to attend the following events as able:
Par-Troy Funeral Home (95 Parsippany Road, Parsippany, NJ) -Visitation between 5 pm and 8 pm on Monday, November 19th -Visitation between 4 pm and 8 pm on Tuesday, November 20th
St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church (15 Myers Avenue, Denville, NJ) -Funeral Mass between 10 am and 11 am on Wednesday, November 21st
Zeris Inn (372 Route 46 East, Mountain Lakes, NJ) -Brunch immediately following Funeral Mass on Wednesday, November 21st
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Matthew’s memory to the Camp Nejeda Foundation (P.O. Box 156, Stillwater, NJ 07875) at www.campnejeda.org. Camp Nejeda is a home-away-from-home for children with type 1 diabetes. It is a fun and supportive environment in which campers can be “just kids” as they learn complex diabetes management skills while surrounded by peers, who often become lifelong friends. Matthew spent over a decade of his life dedicated to embracing and supporting this community as both a camper and counselor. Even after this chapter closed for him, Matthew has always strove to exemplify the spirit of Nejeda as a fun, supportive, responsible, thoughtful, and kind member of every community he entered. Our family very much views Camp Nejeda as a formative and integral piece of Matthew's upbringing, helping him to build a strong sense of self, independence, and community from an early age.
Please note that we are beginning preparations to develop a scholarship in Matthew's name alongside PwC and Wake Forest University. Details on how to donate to this fund will be provided at a later date.