Help Matt Fight Lung Cancer

For: Alyssa Payne
Aurora, CO
Organizer: Deborah Warden
Help Matt Fight Lung Cancer (Alyssa Payne)
$15,905
of $20,000 goal
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Raised by 143 donors

The Story

Important Update::**edited with details of Matt's Party.

Matt passed away after a courageous 18 month cancer journey. He was the strongest person we have ever met. His number one concern was Alyssa and the kids.

So they now need our help more than ever. Any little thing you can do for them I know they would appreciate it. 

If you would to send a card or anything that would make them smile feel free to Email [email protected] (Alyssa's mom).

He is going to have a celebration of life party,

Matt's Denver Celebration of life will be April 14th from 3-6 at

The ViewHouse Centennial in the Long's Peak room.

7107 S Clinton Street
Centennial, CO 80012

Thank you for all the love and support we appreciate it so much ❤️


This sweet family of four (Matt, Alyssa and their two young children, Hudson and Aubree) needs your help. On Tuesday September 13th they found out news that will change their future forever.

For the last month and a half Matt had a cough and a very raspy voice. After being seen at two different urgent cares, he had been diagnosed with a cough the first time and bronchitis the second. He decided he should go to the family doctor that his kids both go to. She told him that he most likely had an sinus infection. Two weeks later when he was done with his 3rd antibiotic he returned to her. She thought he probably should go to an ENT, but before he could do that he needed to get a chest x-ray. He picked up Alyssa and went to the imaging center close to their house. Upon arriving home his doctor called and said that he needed to return to get a CT Scan. His doctor called after he returned home and told him he needed to come into her office first thing the next morning.

On Tuesday Matt & Alyssa received the devastating news that Matt had a 6cm mass in his left lung, three smaller masses in his liver and two dark "spots" on two of his vertebrae in his spine. The doctor had spoken with an oncologist late Monday night and her office's employees called the oncologist office repeatedly until Matt was able to be seen the same day.

The oncologist couldn't give many answers until a biopsy could be performed so they took his blood and called in many favors to be able to do a biopsy the same day. They decided the easiest place for this to be done was to a mass in his liver. The biopsy shows tumor markers which can tell us what type of cancer it is.

On Friday morning, Matt received a phone call from the oncologist. He was told it was Extensive-Stage Small-Cell Lung Cancer. This type of lung cancer is extremely rare with less than 200,000 people in the U.S. having it. It is also known as the "Smoker's Cancer", but Matt has never smoked in his life so the chance of him getting this type of cancer are less than 2% and being that he is only 32 its even more rare than that.

Now Matt & Alyssa and trying to figure out what is the best treatment plan of action to take.

Matt is the sole income provider for their household, and I would love to help relieve some of their stress as they will have a significant amount of medical expenses and Matt needs to be able to focus all of his energy on fighting and beating this awful disease.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on April 2, 2018

Posted on April 2, 2018

Matt's Denver Celebration of life will be April 14th from 3-6 at

The ViewHouse Centennial in the Long's Peak room.

7107 S Clinton Street
Centennial, CO 80012

All are welcome please come celebrate Matt's life.

Thank you for all the love and support we appreciate it so much ❤️

Posted on April 2, 2018

Posted on April 2, 2018

With a broken heart we have to tell you that Matt passed away last night after a courageous battle with Cancer for the last 18 Months. He was such a fighter even until the last moment. As much as we are going to miss him we are so happy he is no longer suffering and in pain. 

Thank you for all the love and support you have shown to our family the last eighteen months.

Alyssa, Hudson & Aubree

Posted on January 15, 2018

Posted on January 15, 2018

Hi everyone,

Hope you are enjoying your 2018, our has been a little crazy. We found out right after Christmas that the clinical trial that Matt started on at the end of November wasn't working. The cancer was continuing to grow through out his liver. So the plan was to start a different clinical trial next Tuesday but he had to wait four weeks from the last dose of his previous trial to start it and the doctor things we are wasting time waiting.

Everything has since changed, he has been experiencing nausea and some various pain through out his body but it was controllable by his various medicines. Last Wednesday he woke up with a sharp pain in his side. The doctor was worried that it could be a tumor in his liver bleeding so they told him to get to the er for scans, tests, etc. We found out it wasn't a bleeding tumor but simply is the fact that his liver is so enlarged that it is causing pain from things moving and stretching in various places on his body. We got to go home to our kids on Friday afternoon.

Yesterday he wasn't able to keep anything down food or medicine so he got readmitted last night and we will be here for several days. Today his doctor stopped by and decided that the best thing to do was to forgo the new clinical trial and try a different chemo drug called Oxaliplatin which is primarily used for colon cancer but he has seem some success in small cell lung cancer patients. He will start that tonight. We need extra prayers that this chemo starts to shrink his cancer in his liver fast so he can start getting some relief from the pain the cancer is causing and then we can get the pain under control so we can go home.

As of right now we are so thankful that the kids are taken care of Alyssa's mom and Brother are in town. We might need some various childcare help when they go home.

We always get asked how you guys can help you guys are more than welcome to bring Deborah and the kids food (think kid food) or food for us when we get back or even gift cards are always handy too for the people who live far away. Feel free to message, call, or text Deborah, Alyssa or myself if you want to help we can get you our address.

Matt is more than happy to have visitors at the hospital we are at the University of Colorado Hospital.

We just need extra prayers and as always we are so thankful for everything everyone has done for our family. 

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