MANCHESTER - Early afternoon on April 29, 2014, our beloved son, Matthew Douglas Faiella, 18, of Manchester, passed away at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack. Matthew was surrounded by his parents, grandmother, siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins and close friends.Matthew was diagnosed with a benign spinal cord tumor when he was only 16. After suffering through three surgeries, sadly in March he was told that he had brain, spine and bone cancer.Matthew will be remembered for his strength, courage, kind heart and wonderful sense of humor.He is survived by his parents, Tabor Eaton and Diane Faiella; his grandparents, Donna Lancon, Franklin and Rosa Eaton; his siblings, Tabor J. Eaton, Sean A. Eaton, Tarek K. Hussein, William T. Eaton and Benjamin D. Faiella; his niece and nephew, Dalia Marie Hussein and Parker Eaton; and many loving aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Services: Memorial services will be held on Saturday, May 17, from noon to 3:15 p.m. at Manchester Christian Church, 1308 Wellington Road, Manchester.
Yesterday was the hardest day I have ever gone through.... I still can't beleive that my son is really gone....Matt was more than a good person he was a special gift put on this earth...he was surrounded by family and very close friends who held him until he passed....my wife Diane comforted him with words that only a mother could say .....as I woke up this morning I felt an emptyness I have never felt in all my years....I saw all the post that we're posted in support of Matthew and our family and I wanted to say thank you...so many posted I could never list them all... I received phone calls from family and friends that really touched me....now our family must somehow begin a new life without Matt..... That will be hard and I'm not sure where to begin but all the kind words we received will greatly help....thank you....
Update on Matt..He has been moved to Merrimack, NH and is resting comfortably. He is in good spirits and maintains his sense of humor. He is surrounded by his family and friends daily and his mom continues to stay by his side day and night while Tabor continues to work and spends his evenings with his son.
We went to visit Matt yesterday and he loves Boston Creme Doughnuts with lucky charms stuffed in it and he loves Shamrock Shakes. Shamrock shakes are no longer available so Matt ordered a Mocha Frappe instead. His room is filled with food that friends and family have made but most of all it is filled with love.
Continue to keep Matt and his family in your thoughts and prayers through this difficult time.
We can't thank all of you enough and we truly appreciate your love and support. The support of family and friends is simply amazing, beyond words.
I don't know where to begin...we have surpassed our goal and it is because of all of you. Thank you for supporting Matt and his family.
Matt just finished his first round of chemo and is ready to fight! Please continue to keep Matt in your thoughts and prayers.
Let me tell you a little about Matt for those of you who have supported his cause...he is 18 years old and is the second youngest of 5 brothers. He loves sports and hanging out with family and friends. He is the most caring and considerate young man I know. He is a love!
To sit around Matts room and see all the love and support it makes me so happy yet so sad to see all your faces react to the misery that my little man has to go through....he is one tough cookie.....and speaking for Matt, Diane and myself.....thank you with much Love.....
Tabor Eaton and Diane Faiella, parents of Matt Faiella, were at John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland where their son Matt had surgery on January 2, 2014 to remove a benign tumor on his spinal cord. After surgery, he started physical therapy but progress was slow. Further tests revealed that Matt has cancer and is returning to Boston Children's Hospital to start treatment. Matt returned home March 21st and unfortunately there were more setbacks and after arriving home Matt had emergency surgery to remove the fluid from his brain. He is currently at Boston Children's Hospital recovering from this hurdle before he receives treatment for cancer.
Tabor was flying back and forth to be with his son while in Maryland. Tabor had to take time off work and as you can imagine, the financial responsibility is enormous. Tabor has to work to keep his insurance active; therefore, he had to come home to work. Bringing Matt home was also of importance so that he could receive treatment but also see his family and friends.
Diane, Matt's mother spent the entire time with him. A mother's love is like no other as we all know, and while Matt's siblings are at home, I think it is important that the family is together and Matt can be close to his family for moral support while he is fighting the battle of his life.
We are thankful that Matt is getting the best medical attention necessary, but if possible, we ask for your help to lessen the financial burden on the family and let them focus on the realissue. We would be forever grateful.