“There were so many wonderful moments that we will never forget”
Matthew’s Acute Lymphoid Leukemia (ALL) was so progressive that by the time he was diagnosed it had broken his pelvis from the inside out. Matthew is undergoing aggressive chemotherapy treatment and will remain in treatment for the next 3 years. This devastating news has not broken Matthew; rather he has found strength he never knew he had. When Kids Wish Network contacted Matthew about his wish he said he wanted to visit New York City and to experience all it has to offer.
Private tours of the 9/11 Memorials and the Empire State Building were arranged but some of the most memorable moments were at the tapings of his favorite shows. Matthew experienced Saturday Night Live and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon first hand. To make his experience special Matthew was part of Jimmy Fallon’s seasonal Stocking Stuffers Show where he received a new laptop and $500 towards a new gaming system of his choice. On the set of Saturday Night Live, Matthew was excited to meet his favorite cast member Will Forte. After the show on stage Will came up gave, him a hug and introduced him to cast member Keenan Thompson. Robert Di Nero, Sylvester Stallone and John Goodman also made guest appearances that night adding to the magic.
“Aside from the celebrities, and the tours there were so many wonderful moments that we will never forget, we cannot even begin to tell you about them all,” said Matthew’s mother Christy.