Matt was first diagnosed with Stage 3 tongue and soft palate cancer in 2006 and was given a 20% chance of survival. Matt, determined to fight the disease, endured surgery to remove his tongue which was replaced with muscle from his stomach, had his neck cut from ear to ear to remove affected lymph nodes and battled 4 rounds of gruelling chemo and a staggering 36 rounds of radiotherapy! Matt fought hard for a long time and to everyones amazement and delight, was eventually given the all clear.
Unfortunately last week, Matt was told that the cancer had returned, this time with a diagnosis of stage 4 mouth and throat cancer, which in its already advanced stages, is inoperable. Without treatment Matt has been given just months to live but he plans to fight this just as hard as he did before, to give him as long as possible to spend with his children. As Matt has already received the maximum amount of radiotherapy that the human body can endure in a lifetime, his only option is more chemotherapy. Matts first chemotherapy treatment is booked for Tuesday 8th June.
As a group of very close friends who have known Matt since we were 4 years old, we want to raise as much money as possible to allow Matt to create some lasting memories with his children. We are hoping the money will pay for a fabulous holiday either here in the UK or abroad (health and restrictions permitting), and for any remaining money to spoil himself and the kids for however long he has on this earth. Given Matts prognosis, we are hoping to raise funds as soon as possible.
Matt is so well known and loved in the whole community but we all feel a little helpless, so by raising money for him and his children we can show our love and support for what he is going through, and gratitude for the lifetime of laughter and memories he has already given us.
Any donations would be received with heartfelt gratitude.
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