Matthew's Memory Gloves

As we approach one year of losing our son Matthew, Eric and I have been trying to think of a way to honor him and keep his memory alive. Not many people were able to meet Matthew in the short four months he was with us, but he was the definition of strength. From the day our triplets were born extemely early at 24.2 weeks, we knew Matthew was the sickest. He was our smallest being born at just 1lb3oz. We were told on a few occassions we may lose him early on, but he continued to fight. Matthew endured five surgeries, a transfer downtown, and multiple other procedures until he his body was telling us he was tired. Eric and I held him as he left us and became our family's Angel on 2/10/17.

Early on in our journey our friend Kristen gave us three pairs of mini boxing gloves. These gloves are a tradition at the Northwestern NICU after a family started passing them on to other NICU families as a sign of strength throughout lengthy NICU stays. These gloves hung on the edge of all three babies isolettes/cribs throughout their 4+ months in the hospital. Today they are displayed in their nursery and will be looked at as a symbol of strength for years to come.  They will always remind us of how hard they fought so early on in their lives.

In honor of Matthew we would like to provide gloves to other families who also have little fighters in the NICU at St. Alexius where he was born.  A $5 donation would provide one pair of mini boxing gloves to a NICU family.  

We thank you in advance and feel blessed by all the love and support we have received over the past year. 

Thank you!
Eric & Kathy Cundiff

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Kathy Kulpaka Cundiff 
Bartlett, IL

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