Join Matt's Journey

$62,518 of $150k goal

Raised by 301 people in 5 months
Matt Clear  Boronia, VIC
The day in July 2015 when I was diagnosed with brain cancer is etched in my memory. 

One of the most feared forms of cancer, brain cancer kills more children in Australia than any other disease and more people under 40 than any other cancer. 

"Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have." Eckhart Tolle

After a brain biopsy and brain cancer diagnosis my life changed forever. Numerous doctors told me I was going to die and there’s nothing that could be done. They told me the average life expectancy was 7-8 years and that I should enjoy what time was left.

But when I looked at my children, I knew I had to fight, to never give up. I don’t accept there’s nothing that can be done so I remain positive and hopeful, exploring options and enjoying every moment I have. 

There’s nothing more important to me than my four beautiful children, so time with them is my number one priority.

To read more on my journey see below, BUT you can help me now. I am raising funds to save my life... with a range of treatments including but not limited to ground-breaking antineoplaston treatment at the Burzynski Clinic in Houston, Texas in the US.

To Join Matt's Journey, click here.


Niamh (11), Maya (15), Matt, Dash (9) and Jasmine (17)

Burzynski Clinic treatment 

Dr Stainislaw Burzynski of the Burzynski Clinic in Houston Texas in the US has developed an antineoplaston treatment, which uses naturally occurring peptides and amino-acids to activate tumour suppressor genes that prevent cancer and turn off oncogenes that force cancer cell division. 

Antineoplastons are naturally occurring peptides demonstrating ability to re-program a cancer cell without destroying normal cells. Due to their low-toxicity and anti-cancer activity, it represents a revolutionary avenue in cancer treatment. 

Dr Burzynski has a high success rate for brain cancer – but the treatment is also very expensive. If you’d like to find out more see What will the money be spent on? below. 

Life affirming, death defying

After brain biopsy surgery and being diagnosed with a grade II astrocytoma diffuse brain tumour in July 2015, I quickly went about understanding treatment options. I researched options around the world and have consulted leading doctors and medical experts in the field in Melbourne and Sydney.


After Matt's brain biopsy surgery

As part of the prevailing medical establishment, doctors provide little hope and no real solutions... with any cancer they have three options (as they see it) surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy. From their own assessment, none provide solutions for me and essentially would only be a palliative treatment.

Yet somehow, in the face of a dismal prognosis, I remain up-beat and hopeful. I am determined to look for new options on a whole range of fronts.


Matt and Niamh

I’ve taken this on as a life affirming challenge, a chance to extend myself and take on what may well be the biggest challenge I will ever face. I’ve chosen to challenge and change myself. I can genuinely say that, I am a very different person than I was just a short time ago. It hasn’t been without pain, heartache and loss but it's also been a time of significant personal growth, awareness and a time of amazing discoveries.

As you might imagine, I’ve faced some pretty dark days, but I’ve also found a whole new fascinating way of looking at life. I've done a lot of research, a lot of reading! I'm essentially working to heal myself (naturally) following the research, principles and factors that can lead to radical remission.


Matt and Dash (playing Wii U)

My journey since diagnosis has seen many life-altering changes, including meditation/mindfulness, removing stress, dietary changes (organic/veg) with large amounts of juicing as well as emotional healing and spiritual exploration. Key other areas have included targeted supplements, recognising the significant link between mind and body, getting good support and maintaining exercise, including picking off half marathons and other physical challenges.

In terms of my natural treatment, I am following numerous natural-based methodologies based in the immunological/metabolic side of things as well as specific protocols including Essiac, Ribraxx and Laetrile (B17). All of my work has been supported by expert health advisors.

There's a wide range of things that bring joy in my life, none more so than spending time with my beautiful children that each in their own unique way are a source of positive and encouraging energy.


Maya and Matt

I remain positive, up-beat and enthusiastic about the future and will take each new challenge as it comes recognising that the present moment is all we ever have.

What will the money be spent on?

As you can imagine, my family and I have already spent a great deal on the initial brain biopsy surgery, medical and broader integrative medicine consultations, supplements and natural-based, immunological/ metabolic treatment protocols. I do have private health insurance but it is surprising how much it doesn’t cover! 


Matt, Jasmine and Maya

By asking many to give a little, I hope to continue my focus on healing naturally and to gain access to treatments that I believe may hold the key to curing this cancer. 

There are a range of costs associated with my campaign to get well including but not limited to the option of the antineoplaston treatment at the Burzynski Clinic in Houston Texas in the US. 

The treatment in the US uses antineoplastons which are naturally occurring peptides demonstrating an ability to re-program a cancer cell without destroying normal cells. They are components of a complex biochemical defense system that controls cancer in the human body and are reproduced synthetically by the Burzynski Clinic for medicinal use. 


Matt about to have (another) MRI

The Burzynski Clinic uses personalised targeted therapy based on what stimulates a particular cancer and: 

- employs the most up-to-date technology to help identify the genes (targets) that are helping grow and sustain the cancer through sophisticated blood tests and cancerous tissue testing.

- based on the extensive testing results, develops a combination of FDA-approved targeted medications which will work to destroy the identified targets; thereby selectively destroying what is activating and sustaining the cancer. 

There are significant costs associated with the targeted (not one-size-fits-all) approach. There are also substantial costs for me to travel and stay (as an outpatient) in the US on multiple occasions over the course of the treatment.

Initial calculations estimate that the costs to start this treatment are in the order of $30,000 and depending on the course of treatment, medications and case management could see costs in the order of $20,000 to $40,000 per month. To learn more about Dr Burzynski’s amazing campaign to save lives click here .

Now, you can join me in this journey of healing by supporting my work to get well and help fund potentially life-saving treatments.

If you look, as I do, into the eyes of Jasmine, Maya, Niamh and Dash, you’ll see why I can’t give up. I will remain positive and hopeful, exploring options and enjoying every moment... please join my journey. 

Thank from the bottom of my heart! x

To Join Matt's Journey, click here.


Dash, Maya, Matt, Niamh and Jasmine

To connect with Matt and follow progress...

- To friend Matt on Facebook, click here.
- To follow Matt on Twitter, click here.
- To follow Matt in Instagram, click here.

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Please share, publicise and promote this story as widely as possible - one way is to promote the link gofundme.com/joinmattsjourney and to use this social media tile, below.


Can I make a direct donation (outside this GoFundMe platform)?

Yes, you can Join Matt's Journey by making a direct donation to Matt's dedicated medical treatment account. If you would like to do this please make contact.

Can I support you in other ways?

Yes, you can. The best way is to share, publicise and promote this story, so tell your family, friends and colleagues! I have received numerous offers of support in the form of accommodation, prizes, vouchers, give-aways etc that could be auctioned in some way. This will be explored further as we build the campaign. If you would like to offer something please make contact.

Thank you!

Thank you to the wide range of people and businesses that have already supported me and this campaign. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
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Update 4
Posted by Matt Clear
1 month ago
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The rain has settled in tonight and the surrounding hills are cool. Range upon range of translucent grey and gun blue. It’s been a special weekend of walking, chat and absorbing the Victorian Alps under perfect conditions.

Standing on Mt Feathertop’s summit is always moving. The 360 degree view is unmatched as you perch on a narrow patch of weather-worn ground. The chutes, gullies and spurs that pour from the summit are steep, deep and stunning … by Australian standards. Feathertop is Queen of the Victorian Alps for many reasons, and I'm one of her loyal subjects.

Importantly, walking with my dear friend Matt this weekend also highlights (to me) the importance of living one’s life fully and richly, by way of experiences, conversations and connections with those around you, be they family, friends or close colleagues. A common-sense, no bullshit approach to existing.

Matt has brain cancer, and has been told by some experts that his life expectancy is around 7 years. Matt also has four children who he adores, supports and guides together with Faorligh, as part of his everyday program. And during daylight hours, this committed chap manages communications and media for one of Melbourne’s largest local councils. His life is full …. professionally and personally. He thrives on it, and does a superb job.

Sometimes it’s useful to muse about life and friends and our journey from here to wherever. And Matt’s journey is a full-on expedition. Walking up Mt Feathertop was a doddle for him. I chewed through two canisters of Ventolin!!!

Matt soon begins some radical treatment in the US, and he is adamant to overcome this anomaly in his head, as are those close to him, including me and my family. It is neither a battle nor a negative beast to be poisoned. Surgery is not viable. Matt talks of his brain cancer calmly and objectively, yet he also acknowledges the dark places he must visit in order to deal with his journey. His wisdom and calmness are overwhelming at times.

So, apart from sharing Matt’s situation with you, it provides an insight that some of us already know, but others are yet to discover or feel. Living a full life isn’t just about playing in the bush every weekend; it is relative to our interests and those close to us, as well as how we live where we live, and the extent to which we have choices or are constrained … and many other factors.

The time to live a full and content life is now. Define it as you see fit; be it through simple actions that are personal, or more intensive projects that contribute to the greater good.

I expect Matt to return from his US treatment with positive news, good spirits and an even stronger zest to live, and be there for his wonderful children as they grow up.

I also require him to join me on a Winter climb of Mt Feathertop. After all someone has to carry the Ventolin and craft beer!

By John Gertsakis

Join Matt's Journey: https://www.gofundme.com/joinmattsjourney

> In late January, Matt hiked Australia's highest mountain, Mt Kosciusko with his four children
> This weekend, Matt and work colleagues will do a half marathon across Mt Dandenong in the Rollercoaster Run
> For updates and pictures follow Matt on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/clearmatthew
> Share this update to your friends and family - use your own networks to post to Facebook... email your own contacts and encourage them to support Matt. Thank you.
Matt at the summit of Mt Feathertop
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Update 3
Posted by Matt Clear
3 months ago
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Dear Friends,

Ivan Gomez, Managing Director of Department Of The Future (DOTF) has announced this special (very generous) offer...

"Matt Clear is a father of four children and been diagnosed with brain cancer. He needs another $100,000 for some ground-breaking antineoplaston treatment at the Burzynski Clinic in Houston, Texas. If anyone donates over $5,000 DOTF will do work to the same value with no additional fees to you and 100% of the funds going to save his life. My excellent team made this pro-bono video, but we need to do more."

This is an amazing and incredibly generous offer - please pass it on to all of your own contacts! You know from seeing my video that DOTF are exceptionally good at what they do!

If you are interested in getting a taste of what I'm trying to fund view the trailer or better still the whole documentary called: Burzynski: Cancer Is Serious Business...
https://2016burzynskicancercurecover-up.vhx.tv/

With your generosity, we have raised over $50,000 in about two months, but I still have $100,000 to go... you can help me promote this generous offer from DOTF and help me reach the goal and a treatment for my cancer. Please SHARE across all of your social networks! Don't forget #joinmattsjourney

With love and many thanks! Matt. x
DEPARTMENT OF THE FUTURE
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Update 2
Posted by Matt Clear
5 months ago
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Hello Friends,

Thank you so much for your support! I can't tell you how grateful I am to have received such supportive messages and your generosity has been truly heartwarming. Thank you!

I thought you might be interested in an interview I have given with the wonderful mindfulness coach Kate James - this has just been posted on her Total Balance blog here:
http://totalbalance.com.au/inspiring-clients-matt-clear/

It would be wonderful if you could all help share the campaign further by posting a call to support me via your own email networks and on your own social media channels. If you do post to social media please use the hashtag #joinmattsjourney Below is a sample you could cut and paste into Facebook, Twitter or Instagram or use as part of an email to your contacts:

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I have been particularly taken by the story of father of four Matt Clear who is battling cancer. You can watch a video and read more on his story and efforts by going to www.gofundme.com/joinmattsjourney

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Thank you once again for your support! Matt. x
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Update 1
Posted by Matt Clear
5 months ago
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Hi Everyone,

Thank you for the response to the launch of the GoFundMe campaign and for joining my journey.

Please read the story running today in the Stonnington Leader, thank you :)

http://stonningtonleader.localnewspapers.today/

https://www.gofundme.com/joinmattsjourney
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$62,518 of $150k goal

Raised by 301 people in 5 months
Created October 3, 2016
BV
$100
Bianca Nelson Vatnsdal
3 days ago
$100
Matthew Hancock
9 days ago

Stay strong old friend. Lets get you to the USA and kick this in the BUTT!

$40
Anonymous
1 month ago
MK
$100
mihyang kim
1 month ago
HN
$50
Hien Ngo
1 month ago

Good on you, Keep fighting ! Hien

$100
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Chris Johnston
1 month ago

Good on you - showing the way for others too

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