As an extension of our fundraising efforts to help support the cost of Matthew’s upcoming liver transplant, we’re now offering silicone bracelets with your favorite hashtag #HealingMatthew on the front and “A.S.A.P.” on the back. These bracelets are for sale in the Square Marketplace for $3.00 each. They come in three sizes, Adult, Youth, and Toddler (8″, 7″, and 6″, respectively) and are an awesome way to show your public support for our son. You can also purchase them directly right here. We are still maintaining opportunities to give directly to the family via PayPal, as well as tax-deductible donations via Matthew’s HelpHopeLive page.
If you’d like to know more about the design, here you go!
The color grey was selected because of Matthew’s mascot, affectionately called ‘Hospital Elephant.’ Hospital elephant was a gift Matthew received while still in the intensive care unit at the Children’s Hospital of the Kings Daughters. It’s been a favorite toy of Matthews ever since, and joins him on all his major appointments, as well as making frequent appearances during physical and occupational therapy sessions. This is the same reason for the elephant for those of you joining Team Healing Matthew for the upcoming CHKD Run for the Kids.
Two reasons, one silly, one not: “ASAP, whatever that means… probably ‘Act Swiftly Awesome Pachyderm.'” We’re big fans of Horton Hears a Who in this house, and it was on regular rotation for Matthew’s sisters around the time he was born. The idea of ‘as soon as possible’ takes on a completely different meaning in the context of this disease. From the moment of first suspicion that something was wrong, everything was a massive rush. Getting Matthew from the birthing center to the children’s hospital, as soon as possible. Getting everything signed to authorize hemodialysis, as soon as possible. Interpretation of lab results determining whether one treatment or another was effective, as soon as possible. And ultimately, hopefully, a life saving liver transplant, as soon as possible. Early detection, rapid treatment, and fast acting nurses and doctors saved Matthew’s life, and the ‘A.S.A.P.’ is a reminder of just how critical those fast thinking, fast acting moments can be.
We hope to offer additional Healing Matthew centered items in the near future, including reprints of the artwork produced for last October’s fundraiser ‘Music for Matthew’ in Raleigh. Thank you for finding us and following us here, on Facebook, and Twitter, as well as on Instagram via the hashtag #HealingMatthew. We can’t imagine how we would navigate this road without the moral and material support we’ve received from friends and loved ones.