Matthew is a 15 year old freshman at Marquette University High School. He was diagnosed with High-grade Osteosarcoma, bone cancer, in August 2017.
Unknowingly, his decision to play high school football turned out to be the first step in saving his life. After being a competitive gymnast for 8 years, he decided to quit gymnastics to pursue his passion for football. While playing in a freshman preseason scrimmage, his left arm was broken. Discovering an accompanying bone tumor on x-ray, a bone biopsy at Froedtert ultimately confirmed the shocking and devastating diagnosis. As Matthew showed no symptoms, without this injury, his cancer may have significantly advanced before a diagnosis was made. The next step in saving his life came at the MACC Fund Center at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin under the care of outstanding Medical College of Wisconsin physicians. Ten weeks of aggressive chemotherapy was followed by surgery to remove the cancerous bone tumor followed by an additional 24 weeks of aggressive chemotherapy. His Mom noted “Our experience with all the caregivers has been truly exceptional. With their expertise and dedication to research, cures are possible.”Matthew enjoys spending time with his sister, Natalie, and many friends. His Marquette High teammates, classmates, and staff have also helped him greatly. Favorite subjects include math, science, and social studies. He is a Boy Scout leader at Lumen Christi – Mequon and working on his Eagle Scout Project. An avid Packers, Brewers, Bucks and Badgers fan, he also has a fondness for the Boston Red Sox dating back to a family trip when he was younger. His favorite athletes are Aaron Rodgers, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Randall Cobb and the Watt brothers.
Learn more about Matthew from his mother, Deann: