( Matt on Day 3 of Chemo before his transplant)
This past October Matt was diagnosed with leukemia. Specifically, he was diagnosed with aggressive acute myeloid leukemia, and his bone marrow was already in what is called a blast cell crisis. The only solution for Matt's situation was to receive a bone marrow transplant, which he successfully had this May.
Unfortunately, the recovery from this transplant is the toughest part of the process. Matt's new immune system is very weak and the complications from graph versus host disease (GVHD) have taken their toll on Matt and his recovery. We were lucky enough to have found him free lodging with Emory's Hope Lodge. However, Matt has once again been hospitalized due to the GVHD.
(Matt trying to smile)
Due to the high need for rooms and Hope Lodge policy, Matt lost his lodging because of his prolonged re-admission to the hospital. It is now up to us to find him somewhere close enough to Emory on top of providing him with 24 hour care-giving once he's discharged from the hospital.
Matt does have Medicaid and disability, but with Matt's current medical expenses he has no income. The money we're asking for would be used to provide Matt with the necessary housing in close proximity to Emory for the next six to nine months. This includes paying his utilities, providing his food and groceries, and assisting in the medical bills that his Medicaid doesn't cover.
(The GVHD makes keeping his eyes open extremely painful)
We've tried explore all other options but Matt's options are severely limited. His sister lives too far away from Emory, his father lives in Thailand, and his brother's apartment is unable to accomodate Matt's medical needs. We've looked at 24 hour care givers, but are unable to afford the cost and they are not covered by his Medicaid. Thus his brother, Eric, will assume the primary responsibility.
Matt is currently in the midst of an extremely taxing physical and mental battle. Our one hope is that we can eliminate financial burden from his equation. The finances have added a level of stress to his life that is unnecessary and not condusive to his mental state. We just want to make this as easy on him as possible.
(The Strongest guy I know)
Just to tell you a little about Matthew: He has a degree in accounting from the University of Central Florida, and turned 26 this May. Matt has a passion for gaming, LARPing, science fiction, and fantasy. Before his diagnosis, Matt lived in Orlando putting his degree to use. He led an active and social lifestyl that he unfortunately had to leave behind. He helps run and organise a regional LARP event that he participates in multiple times a year. He's creative, intelligent, and pretty hilarious. He has a young neice and nephew that he can't be around right now and miss him terribly. He's someone who means a lot to a lot of people, and the pain he's going through right now has been tremendous on him.
(Matt as an orc warrior at a LARPing event in North Carolina)
Thank you in advance for any donations. Every little bit helps make this unfortunate situation a little easier. Thank you so much!
(Matt, Eric, Sara, and Ellie)
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