UPDATE - My dear friend Meesh (Michelle) told me some very sad news early this morning. Sadly Matthew passed away at 17.15 on 1st of Feb. I'm so sorry that I've passed this sad news onto you all but I thought it was only fair that I did. I didn't know what to do about my post, I didn't think it would be right to delete it, so I decided to add to it.
My thoughts are with Matthews mum, brother and family.
Last week I was told about a charity called Postpals, there slogan is "Post a smile on a sick childs face". They ask if you can send a child a card or gift and you can even donate to Postpals, that's only if you want to. Please if you can send a spare card to one of the many sick kids that they have on there website.
Anyhow not only was I told about Postpals but also about a little boy called Matthew P, when I read Matthews story I was in floods of tears, so have tissues on the ready, here is Matthews story.
Matt was a perfectly healthy little boy, when sadly at the age of just 22 months, he was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour measuring 4cm x 5cm in the back of his brain. He underwent 7 hours of surgery, after which he lost the ability to walk, talk, eat, even move, and had to be fed through a peg into his tummy. At the same time Matt had to start an intensive course of chemo lasting 14 months to try to kill off any remaining cancerous cells.
Matt spoke for the first time 8 weeks after surgery; it was such a long time waiting to hear his voice. With sheer determination that Matt is famous for, he also learned to walk again, albeit unsteadily, but to him he can run as fast as anybody when he is one of his Ben 10 characters!
Matt finished his chemo in March 2008, he relapsed shortly afterwards so needed more surgery then 6 weeks of radiotherapy. We had a fantastic year tumour free but during a routine scan it was discovered he had relapsed again. More surgery followed, followed by another relapse. Within 6 weeks the tumour was back again and this time Matt's doctors felt that the tumour was too aggressive to justify putting him through surgery again.
Matt has fought so hard over the last 3 years and we still hope for a miracle. Matt is on chemotherapy. This is not curative but is hopefully life prolonging.
Here is the card I made for Matthew P, hope he likes it and it makes him smile.
Here's what I used;
Image - Pirate Tilda, coloured with Promarkers.
Letters - Graphic45.
Cardstock - Graphic45 & Bazzil.
White Gel Pen & bling from stash.
I'm entering this into,
I ♥ Promarkers - Anything Goes.
Just Magnolia - Going Dotty.
Totally Gorjuss - As you like it!
Thanks for looking and sorry about the very long post xx