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Matthew's Story

Matthew, organ donor
 "Matthew was my pride and joy. He was a son that any mother would have wished for. He brought much joy to my life." - Kim (Matthew's mother)
 
Matt died on August 8, 2008 (08-08-08) as the result of an automobile accident. His death was devastating to all of his family and friends.

Matt was born in 1990 to Richard and Kim. He has a brother, Michael. He had just finished his senior year of high school in June 2008. Matt had plans to further his education in the automotive field.

Matt had a big heart and was loved by all who knew him. He was always out to make you laugh and to let you know he loved you. He often said he liked to make people laugh.

Prior to Matthew's death, he had discussed organ donation with us and had put the sticker on his license. This made our decision to proceed with organ donation much easier.

We are very proud of Matthew for the life that he lived and the gift he gave at his death.

"Those we love don't go away, they walk beside us everyday. Unseen, unheard, but always near. Still loved, still missed and very dear."