Losing Matthew was the most painful day of my life.... but...something good has to come from Matthew's death. I have to let Matthews death mean something. I know your probably thinking, will this money really buy a cure?? But, what if! What if it did? If not a cure, what if it bought a treatment?! Please consider making even a $5.00 donation. Every bit helps! Help me turn the most tragic day of my life into something positive. Please share with your family and friends too.
Matthew passed away Monday, April 20th at 7:47pm with his mother, Erica, Father, Martin Jr, sisters, Adrianna and Hanna and brothers Martin III and Christopher by his side. He passed away peacefully at Mott Children’s Hospital after a long standing battle with Mitochondrial Disease and CNS HLH. He fought to the very end, as he loved life. No matter what he endured or how much he faced, he always had a beautiful smile upon his face.
He was a comical kid that loved to make people laugh. In fact, even in his last days with us, he was trying to make ones laugh! He spent hours upon hours building lego sets. I think, truthfully, he kept lego in business! He couldn’t wait to collect all the new 2015 lines! We always called Matthew a "Master Lego Builder," and he truly was! He loved building puzzles, too. His favorite ones were Diary of a Wimpy Kid 300pc set. Every morning, the very first thing he did was put together these two puzzles. Every evening, he had to build them before going to bed, too. As many of you know, Matthew loved Star Wars. He couldn’t wait for the new Star Wars 2016 movie to come out. To make sure he would get to go, he had his mom get two IMAX tickets and put them in her purse. He wanted to make sure they would be the first ones there to see it! He also loved the outdoors. In the summer time, Matthew always wanted to be outside. His favorite thing was the ocean, by far. He enjoyed jumping into the waves and just running alongside the shores of the beach.
We have established a fund, Matthew’s wish, to raise money for the medical team (hematology bone marrow transplant team) that took care of Matthew. The money raised will be given directly to this team in hopes of finding a cure or even treatment for HLH. It is our hope that this will grow each year and will continue to raise money until a cure is found! This disease robbed me, Matthew’s mother, of my happiness and took away Matthew’s childhood. No family should have to endure the pain that I will forever feel.
Erica Dugas - Matthew's Mommy