Matthew "Lion Heart" Fund

 
Raised: $2,500.00
Goal: $5,000.00
 
 
 

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Melanie Olivas Longhurst

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Matthew Olivas Jr. is a walking miracle. He was born with a BIG heart, both literally and figuratively. Matthew was born with a congenital heart defect known as Ebstein's anomaly. He... more

 
 
 
 
 
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Updated posted by Melanie Olivas Longhurst 5 months ago

Thank you to everyone for your support, prayers, thoughts, messages, donations, fundraisers, positivity, love, and light. We are forever indebted to you all. We are incredibly blessed to have the support system we have. God has blessed us with a true warrior who has already in his short life lived an incredible journey that is already making history. My brother, Matthew, is preparing to pack up his belongings in El Paso to be by his son's son side in Dallas. Any help you can offer him while he finds work in Dallas is appreciated.

 

 
 

Created by Melanie Olivas Longhurst on October 23, 2013




Matthew Olivas Jr. is a walking miracle. He was born with a BIG heart, both literally and figuratively. Matthew was born with a congenital heart defect known as Ebstein's anomaly. He spent the first several months of his life in the hospital, which was a very difficult time for his parents, Matthew and Deidra, as well as the rest of his family. In true LION HEART nature, he PERSEVERED! He never had the chance to run around and play sports like other kids because he would get tired a lot quicker, but that never stopped him from hoping that one day that would be him.
Matthew went on to spread joy to everyone he would meet. The mere sight of his big brown eyes, gorgeous smile, and rosy cheeks is enough to melt the strongest of hearts, but not even those beautiful qualities can compare to the love he has to give. He is one of the most giving, faithful, loving, and funny kids you will ever meet.
About a year ago, though, he began to have problems with his kidneys and doctors decided it would be time to operate on his big lion heart. On Thursday, October 17, 2013 he went in and doctors put in an artificial valve, but things did not go as smoothly as anticipated. Matthew has been battling a series of complications since then, and now doctors are leaning towards giving our lion a new heart, so he can run and play like he has always hoped.
The heart transplant process is long and difficult. Matthew’s parents are now planning to move to Dallas, TX to be by their baby’s side. They will now have to look for work and find a way to raise money in the meantime. This process has been devastating, but we have a lot of faith that Matthew will continue to fight in true lion heart spirit because God is good! Any help you can offer Matthew's father during his move to Dallas is greatly appreciated. Thank you everyone for your love and prayers! <3
 
 
 
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Recent Donations (54)

$2,500 raised by 54 people in 5 months.

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Anonymous

4 months ago

 

$75.00

Anonymous

4 months ago

 

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Mayra Trevino

4 months ago

 
 

#teamgordoforever

 

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Anonymous

4 months ago

 

$100.00

Irene Diaz Bussey

4 months ago

 
 

So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body." 1 Corinthians 15:42-44 New International Version

 

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Grace Pierce

4 months ago

 
 

Our prayers are with you all. Take comfort that little Matthew is at peace now with the Lord.

 

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Benjamin Jones

5 months ago

 
 

My heart goes out to Matthew and his family. May God be with you all, Love Ben

 

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Nathan Ames

5 months ago

 
 

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Ron Rodrigues

5 months ago

 
 

I couldn't think of a better way to describe you. You truly have the heart of a lion. We love you very much and pray for a new heart and a speedy recovery. May God read all the emails and bless you. Love Your Grandpa Ron

 

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Karin Rodrigues

5 months ago

 
 

Praying for you Matthew. You are in our hearts and minds. You are indeed a warrior. Love you Grandma

 

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