What would people say about you after you’ve passed away

3 Apr

mattYesterday we received the sad news that our dear, young friend Matt passed away after a 5 year battle with what started out as lung cancer that spread to his bones. He was only 29 when he went to the doctor with a sore shoulder. That turned out to be a tumor in his lung, he was diagnosed as Stage 4 and made the decision to enter into an experimental drug program through NIH in Maryland. Who knows how many lives he has helped by what they were able to experiment on him. He would fly back and forth all the time. He endured chemo, blood transfusions and surgeries. The experiment he was in involved drawing his blood and inserting antibodies in it and then re-injecting it by transfusion. There was some successes, but 4 months ago they told Matt that it was time for him to stay at home.
Even though these treatments took a toll on Matt, he never stopped. When he was able to be home for awhile, he would be working and also getting his MBA in business. He loved motorcycles, hockey and playing the guitar. Denny met Matt as a 6th grader when he came into Topeka Harley Davidson and was writing a paper for school on what he wanted to be when he grew up. As a teenager he started as the clean up guy. He wanted to be a motorcycle mechanic at the Topeka Harley. He graduated at 17 from the Motorcycle Mechanics Institute and at that time he was the youngest graduate. After spending several years with Topeka Harley, he moved on to other endeavors. Denny and I visited Matt a week ago. Even though he was being treated for tremendous pain, he continued to go to work everyday for 2 hours. This was quite an undertaking. His cancer had spread to his bones and he could not bear any weight, ever. His Mom would go over every morning and get him in a hoist to transfer him to his wheelchair. She would get him ready for work. Then, a transport van would come and pick him up and take him to work and bring him back home. This also involved be hoisted back and forth from the wheelchair. He just wanted to keep going and feel useful. We don’t know for sure but it wouldn’t surprise us if he was at work on Monday!!!
I wish you could see all the comments on his FB and others FB about Matt. He truly was one of the kindest people I have ever met. From the comments I’ve read he was also a great friend and supporter to many. For being only 34 he was able to leave a great legacy. These comments were heartfelt and sincere. He was unable to have any children. That makes me sad because he would have been a wonderful father. He was so full of love and appreciative of everything. RIP Matt.

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One Response to “What would people say about you after you’ve passed away”

  1. Erin 04/07/2014 at 10:07 pm #

    I am sorry for the loss of your friend. He sounds like one hell of a guy!!! I can’t believe he was working up to the end. God Bless his mother.

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