just graduated from Liberty High School in Hillsboro, Oregon, where he was the All Student Body President and played varsity football and baseball. He has been a 4-H member since kindergarten with the Barnyard Pals Livestock Club, involved in a multitude of projects, including sheep, pygmy goats, photography and art.
In August of 2008 he returned home from football practice to find his mother in tears and his family gathered in the living room. His father announced that his mother had been diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer. There was a new world of questions and his parents had very few answers. That day their lives changed forever. Several weeks later Matthew went with his mother to a chemotherapy treatment and saw many patients who were alone during this frightening time. He vowed to make a difference in the lives of cancer patients and created “Matt’s Chemo Bags,” a non-profit organization that provides personalized bags to chemotherapy patients, containing items like a teddy bear, knitted hat and scarf, pen and stationery, pillow, body lotion, aromatherapy oils and a prayer angel. His company has served more than 7,000 cancer patients.
Matthew will be attending Northern Arizona University in the fall to study business administration and non-profit management and plans to dedicate his career to serving cancer patients nationwide.