Garrett Matthias/Matthias Family

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Raised by 1,594 people in 10 months
Created July 5, 2018
My heart is breaking today for a very sweet 5 year old named Garrett and his family (his mom Emilie, who is my cousin, her husband Ryan and his 6 year old big sister).  Garrett has been fighting a rare form of cancer since September (stage 4 Alveolar Fusion Negative Rhabdomyosarcoma).  ARMS is a rare form of cancer that is attacking Garrett's temporal bone, cranial nerve, inner ear and after aggressive radiation and chemotherapy,  has now spread to other areas of his body.  The family recently found out that Garrett's cancer is resistant to treatment, and after cutting his Make a Wish trip to the Omaha zoo short, due to pain, they have learned the cancer has spread further, and unfortunately will not make it home with their sweet boy.  

Many tears have been shed for this 5 year old hero that keeps captivating our hearts with his contagious smile and bravery.  Many, like myself, are unsure of how to help during such a devastating and unimaginable time.  

Please help me in supporting this family in their medical costs and future expenses that will inevitably come their way.  Words are a loss!  Garrett touched more lives during his short life than many of us can ever dream of reaching!   #teamgarrett     #garrettstrong 

Garret's Song: Champion of the World -Please click on link to listen to song written for Garrett 

KCCI's piece on Garrett -Please click to see Champion Garrett's piece that KCCI aired on June 15th
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Thank you all for the love and support over the last 8 months. We wanted to share a couple of updates!

Thank you to everyone who donated! Your generosity not only helped our family, but also allowed us to help other local cancer families!

We finally found the perfect place to turn Garrett's ashes into a tree! We are finalizing the details and will share pictures after his ceremony in June.

Garrett's story has been made into a children's book! We are so pleased that his memory has been immortalized through Dirty, Stupid, Cancer! I've had many reach out and ask, so I'll share the link below.

We miss our Garrett every single day, but are thankful for the time we had and the love he brought to the world.

Dirty, Stupid Cancer! https://smile.amazon.com/dp/1733532722/ref=cm_sw_r_other_apa_i_RTkLCbXG1WH66
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Thank you to the so many who have donated to the Matthias Family Campaign. If you have not shared, please do!! Here is a video of his special Celebration of Life. It was a touching and truly magical night with lots of smiles and fun!! https://dmreg.co/2zNorM6
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I will show more pictures of Garrett’s Celebration of Life when I get them, but I wanted to post this video: https://bit.ly/2upi6S7.

(Sorry....until I figure out to properly post a video on here you will need to copy and paste)

The night was absolutely perfect, just as Garrett requested!!!
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