Matthew is 13 years old and lives at home with his dad, David, and nine year old brother, James.
Matthew and James sadly lost their mother to renal cancer in March 2007, just 11 weeks after losing their grandmother to cancer on Christmas day. Their grandfather also lost his battle with cancer a few years later.
Matthew was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL) shortly after his 13th birthday and has been receiving treatment ever since. He is currently on steroids, which has drastically increased his food intake, and has had numerous blood and platelet transfusions in the last few weeks alone.
Matthew is so brave and never complains about his diagnosis. He was even overheard telling a nurse "it's better that I have this rather than someone else, our family is used to it".
When speaking to Matthew, it's clear that his biggest concern is not for himself but for his younger brother, James, who doesn't remember his mum as well as Matthew because he was only two when she died. This makes Matthew very upset and just goes to show how selfless and caring he is despite everything he is going through.
How We Help...
Matthew lives more than 100 miles away from the hospital where he receives treatment at least once a week. In between these appointments he also has expected and unexpected trips to his local hospital which is more than 20 miles away from home.
As a single parent, dad is unable to work whilst Matthew is being treated so his income has been significantly reduced and it has become difficult to afford the day to day things that many of us take for granted.
We are providing regular Care Grants to the family to help towards travel costs, hospital parking and food shopping.