Molly and Kendrick are parents to Carter, a 14 year old boy who loves playing baseball and video games, and Izzy, a 12-year old girl who loves animals and the beach. Their lives should be defined by careers and friendships, practices and sleepovers, virtual school and the lovely busyness of raising kids. Instead, the Mattocks' lives have been defined by cancer.
Izzy was diagnosed with Stage IV Neuroblastoma when she was just 3 years old, and the Mattocks immediately began to live on borrowed time. For almost 10 years now, cancer has ruled their family life. Those years have brought 6 relapses, 2 surgeries, 1 stem cell transplant, 1 stem cell rescue, 2 round of MIBG, 30+ rounds of radiation, 100+ rounds of chemotherapy and immunotherapy ...
and over 3,308 days of not knowing what the next day will bring.
Cancer has decided how each day is going to look, and cancer has been the thief of time for this family. Years have been spent in the hospital. Countless medical decisions have been made of how to move forward. For Izzy, hair loss has become the norm and the least painful side effect of treatment. The road has been long and arduous for all.
It's Time for a Change
Things are now changing.
Izzy's treatment has been effective at keeping the cancer at bay, but it is now destroying her quality of life.
The treatment has become as painful and harmful as the disease.
It’s time for a break.
Its time to stop this treatment, let Izzy be a kid, let Carter be a big brother, and let Molly and Kendrick focus on their family.
We want to give the Mattocks family the gift of TIME.
Let Izzy LIVE Her Best Life - One Month at the Beach
Izzy's favorite place is the beach. The first time she saw the ocean, she was 4. She ran to the waves with arms wide open, and time stood joyfully still. Since then, the beach has been a place of reprieve for the Mattocks family. It has felt like home.
As Izzy stops treatment, she will have a period of time of feeling much better as she recovers from the harsh side effects. Molly wants to take advantage of that month, and take her family to the beach. She wants to take her family to the place where time seems to stand still, where their hearts are filled with joy, where they all feel most alive, and where the waves bring peace.
She wants to give her family time. A one month reprieve. One month to let Izzy live her best life.
Can You Help Give the Mattocks Family 30 Days of Joy?
Over 3,000 days of peace and normalcy have been stolen from this family. Can you help us bring them 30 days of peace? There is no donation too small to help. Every day spent at the beach will be a day of memories treasured by the Mattocks family forever.
What will the funds be used for?
Funds will be used to secure an easily accessible beachfront vacation rental in Florida for one month, travel to and from FL, gas and transportation while in FL, meals, and excursions. If we are able to surpass our goal and raise more money than what is needed for this trip, those funds will go toward Izzy's immense ongoing medical expenses not covered by insurance and associated expenses (travel, loss of income for Molly and Kendrick, bills and utilities, hotel stays, etc).
When are the funds needed?
As soon as possible! Izzy has a small window after her aggressive treatment is stopped during which she should regain energy and be in less pain. This trip must happen over the next few weeks (February 2021).
How can I follow Izzy's story?
You can learn more about Izzy and follow her and her family's story through her Mother, Molly's, insightful words and photography on Facebook or Instagram. Please join their community to see the impactful difference your donation will make for their family.
We are so grateful for every contribution. Your support, prayers, and generosity light the way for the Mattocks family as they continue on this painful journey. It is with honor that we get to play a part in giving Izzy, Carter, Molly, and Kendrick this gift of a month together - the gift of joyful memories that will be treasured by their family forever.
- Andy Williamson
- Bethany Lambert
- Andrew Heath
Fundraising team: Izzy's Beach Team (4)
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