Matthew Chase was born on March 9th, 1987. At the age of two, he was hospitalized due to severe seizures caused by epilepsy. His condition worsened to the point of him not being able to walk, and eventually his heart stopped. He went several minutes without oxygen to his brain, which resulted in him being mentally handicapped after he was resuscitated. Matt also has diabetes, and nn Sunday, December 17th, he was hospitalized at Bergan Mercy due to high blood sugar. His condition worsened to the point where he was sedated until he stabilized. While sedated, Matt suddenly became neurologically unresponsive and an MRI showed that his brain swelled and cut off his arteries, leaving him without oxygen to the top of the brain. Doctors are unable to diagnose what caused the swelling, and it are perplexed at how this occured. On December 19th, which is his mother's birthday, Matt was declared brain dead, and the decision was made to donate his organs in order to help save the lives of others. Matt was a caring, kind soul who was always able to make the family laugh with his outlook on life. He could start a conversation with anyone, and he could make strangers feel like they were his best friend. Matt's mother has dedicated her life to helping others, as she has worked as a nurse taking care of veterans for years. The costs for Matt's funeral is estimate to cost $10,200, and the mortuary wants the money up front. Unfortunately, there are no funeral assistance programs for people with disabilites, nor are there any programs to help cover the funeral expenses for organ donors. The family does not have the means to cover the costs of the services. Please help us in our time of need with this very difficult situation. Anything helps.