Matt's New Legs

On the fateful afternoon of Tuesday, July 18th, Matthew Felton and his close friend, Jason Ermi, were severely injured in an explosion involving Matt's van.  The explosion was at a city-owned natural gas compression pump in Milwaukee.  Matt was rushed to the hospital where he underwent immediate surgery that resulted in amputation of both his legs at his knees.  Jason was taken to be treated for 4th degree burns, broken leg, and other injuries (see his Page for his story). By God's Grace, they are both still with us.

Matt is still being treated at the hospital at the time of posting this page, has undergone multiple surgeries, and still has a few left before his legs may be closed and begin to heal.  He has a long road of recovery and physical therapy ahead of him. 

Matt needs significant financial support.  Prosthetics alone are estimated at $100,000 (by September), not to mention uncovered medical bills and equipment, immediate home modifications that need to be completed, as well as day to day living expenses upon release.  Please consider a donation through this page!  Matt urgently needs help, and is thankful to you and the Lord for assistance. 

Alternatively, you may email [email redacted] for info on how to directly donate by personal check (mail) or cash (these would not be subject to the 5% site + 2.9%+$0.30 processing fees, so more would go to help Matt). 

Also, please check back to this page periodically for more dates & details of the Fundraising Series of Events being organized for Matt's New Legs:
-Sunday, September 17th, Grace Center (at Broadway & Juneau, Milwaukee)

Your prayers and support are greatly appreciated! 


Matt's bio:  A firm believer in Christ his Savior, Matt is an active member of St. Lucas Lutheran Church in Bayview/Milwaukee.  Blessed with artistic talent, his trade is custom tile design & installation.  Matt has resided in Bayview most all his life.  He enjoys being active outdoors with hiking, biking, volleyball, and camping - you'll also frequently find him kayaking around the shores of Lake Michigan.  He has 2 beloved dogs, Bear and Sheba.  This tragic accident and legs' amputation occurred 2 days before his 46th birthday.  Matt's friends and family are rallying to come to his and Jason's aid.
  • Saša Sokolović 
    • 50 $ 
    • 39 mos
  • Eric Robinson 
    • 20 $ 
    • 40 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • 250 $ 
    • 43 mos
  • Michael Newlin 
    • 100 $ 
    • 46 mos
  • Lee & Jane Callewaert 
    • 100 $ 
    • 48 mos
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Organizer and beneficiary

Dana Felton Reinhard 
Milwaukee, WI
The Matthew Felton Special Needs Trust 

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