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MacDaonald, Matt

MacDaonald, Matt

MacDaonald, Matt

This is Matt MacDonald. Matt was diagnosed at 11 with an inoperable malignant brain tumour a "non-germinoma germ cell tumour." He underwent five rounds of chemotherapy, had a VP shunt installed and then six weeks of radiation. Against the odds, he went into remission and survived for three and a half years following treatment. On Friday, December 15, 2000 following a 14.5 hour surgery to remove as much of his tumour as they could, Matt slipped into a coma and then passed away on Sunday, December 17, 2000 at the age of 14 and a half. During his illness he inspired everyone who was fortunate enough to have the privilege to meet him and many others who just knew his story. He faced his challenge with love, courage, determination, dignity, compassion, maturity, knowledge, and most of all humour. This hat represents Matt's hat in the picture (the exact hat went with Matt). Matt was granted his wish from the Wish Foundation. We went on a cruise on "The Big Red Boat" and this hat was purchased on that trip. After that his hat was always on his head. it would slip away long enough to be washed but then it would be right back on his head again. The hat that is here is very similar to the one he wore; however this is one he received when he represented the I.W.K. Health Centre as their Champion Child with the Children`s Miracle Network in 2000. He really liked it too, but his "Big Red Boat" hat was his favourite. He never wore his hat to cover up his bald head or his scars. He actually had his head shaved and operated on more times than you can count on both hands. He was not self-conscious about that at all. He wore it to protect his head from the sun. He was very concerned with following all of the proper rules for his health. This was his summer hat and he also had a very funky winter hat to protect his head as well. Matt was an amazing young man, a wise old soul, who always knew how to make everyone comfortable with his illness. He has been gone almost seven years, but people still share stories about his wise-ness and most of all his humour with us all the time. He is not forgotten.



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