Organized by: Sarah Belknap
Sarah Belknap via Crowdrise
October 09, 2014
EVENT DATE Oct 19, 2014
The 4-U-Matt Foundation was created in memory of Matthew Jacobs, who died from a brain tumor in 2001 at the age of 20.
Matt was one of my closest friends growing up. Throughout my life I have come upon challenging times, we all do from time to time. One thing that has helped me get through those challenges has been to stop and reflect on how Matt approached life while facing one of the most unimaginable situations. He went through high school battling cancer... brain surgeries, losing his hair, and towards the end, his eyesight. I was privileged enough to go on a trip with Matt to Arizona, where he rode in a hot air balloon and although the cancer had affected his eyesight, he never complained once. NOT ONCE. I was always so impressed by his quiet strength and his amazing ability to keep a great sense of humor throughout it all. Ask anyone who knew Matt, anyone at all, and you will hear the same response - He NEVER COMPLAINED ONCE. I couldn't imagine the pain he must have gone through, the uncertainty he faced, and how scary it must've been... and TO NEVER COMPLAIN? So when I find myself thinking about my own challenges and the challenges others most assuredly face, I believe we can all find STRENGTH in Matt’s courage and his positive outlook on life as he battled for the biggest challenge ANY ONE of us could ever face... Remember, Matt never complained once! NOT ONCE! He faced adversity with courage and a positive resolve. While Matt lost his battle to cancer in 2010, his life inspiration to me and others will always continue.
Because of what Matt gave to me in life, I decided to do a fundraiser in his honor by entering this marathon for his foundation. So in honor of a truly inspirational person who has had a positive impact on me and countless others who know him, please donate whatever you feel, large or small, in honor of him… Thank you for taking the time to read.
The 4-U-MATT foundation was first established in 2010 in spirit of Matt’s life and legacy. Matt was born and raised in Erie, Michigan and was a graduate of Mason High School. When Matt was alive his wish was to help other children who were sick like he was. Wherefore, the 4-U-Matt foundation is committed to raising money to financially help families who have a child battling a serious illness. It is through your support and donations that the 4-U-Matt Foundation can continue to grow and impact lives.