At Roswell Park Cancer Institute, a bell is rung when someone is in remission or is cancer free.
|Matthew Eggers &|
Mark Gorton, the
Matthew has overcome many challenges to reach this point. His fighting spirit is an inspiration to everyone attending Grand Island's Relay for Life on June 9th.
|The Pirate Ship Cupcake. Arrrgggh.|
When Matthew was diagnosed, the cancer had "impacted his ability to breathe and to walk," Tracy said. "He was only five years old. He worked hard to fight cancer. He relearned how to walk.
|Relay is a celebration of hope|
|It's about the joy of life|
Matthew said, "I like video games, the Buffalo Sabres, and golf. I am a Stage IV Burkitt's lymphoma survivor. I knew that I was in a fight for my life. I had wonderful nurses and doctors at Children's Hospital and at Roswell Park. They made the battle easier." Matthew said that he was encouraged by the support from his family, his friends, and the community. He said that Mrs. McMann, his teacher at Huth Road Elementary School, suggested that he choose a poem to read at Relay for Life. The poem that Matthew chose was titled "Never Give Up."
|Raccoon & Fox Husky|
exude enthusiasm for a cure
|People are stronger than|
fire... or cancer.