Matthew's WISH

For: Hematology & Oncology Bone Marrow Transplant Team at MOTT
Ann Arbor, MI
Organizer: The Family of Matthew Dugas
$16,335
of $50,000 goal.
Raised by 154 donors
32% Complete

The Story

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.

Thank you,

Erica Dugas - Matthew's Mommy

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on May 22, 2016

Posted on May 22, 2016

I wanted to say thank you so much to everyone that came out and supported Matthew's Wish bowling event!!!! It meant more to me then I could ever put into words. I'd NEVER be able to do any of this without all of the support and love from you all!! I truly meant what I said last night, Matthew's wish would NEVER be possible without each and everyone of you! You all are what makes Matthew's wish strong! You all are what keep me going!!! Thank you so very VERY much!!! Thank you for making Matthew's wish become a reality!!! Thank you to all that support Matthew's wish by either a donation, a gift basket, or coming in person to such an important event!!! You guys are amazing!!! Together we WILL find a CURE!!!!!!

I also wanted to let everyone know that we raised $560 off the bowling part and $2,600 from donations, baskets, and 50/50!! Bringing a grand total slightly over 3,100!!! U guys are amazing!!! Thank you!!


Posted on March 27, 2016

Posted on March 27, 2016

March 27, 2016

We are quickly approaching one year since I was forced to say good-bye to my hero, Matthew. I still can't believe he's gone. It really doesn't seem possible that he could have died, for he ALWAYS defeated the odds.  With each passing day it's that much harder. There are days were it is all just to much... Then I remember, I remember how hard Matthew fought. He fought so hard while waiting for a cure, a cure that would never come. And it's in that very moment that a super strength comes over me. It allows me to fight that much harder. I fight for the memory of my amazing little boy and for the future warriors alike out there. Please help support Matthew's wish so that we can find treatment that works and a cure that will stop this monster of a disease.

Posted on September 1, 2015

Posted on September 1, 2015

It's been just over four months since we were forced to say good-bye. Matthew's wish is taking off and we couldn't have done it without all the love and support from all our family, friends, and even strangers! All that have come together for one cause, a cure! We reached our goal of $10,000 in four months!!! You guys are truly amazing!! We have now updated our short term goal to our long term goal, $50,000. We will be holding a walk in April of 2016, around the one year mark of Matthew passing. Hopefully this walk will add a big portion to this wonderful cause. I will be letting everyone know when and where this walk will be taking place. Matthew would be so happy to see how many people have donated and how many have shared his wish! I am truly overwhelmed by all the love and support from everyone. I know that together we will ALL make a difference! We WILL find a treatment and eventually we WILL find a cure! Thank you again for helping make Matthew's wish possible!

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