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BENEFITING: Haymakers For Hope

EVENT: Haymakers for Hope Boston 2013

EVENT DATE: May 16, 2013

THE STORY:

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Matt"s Story: When I sat down with Matt “The Survivor” Smith about creating
his profile for Haymakers for Hope and I asked him…”So, what’s the story
you want to tell?” He told me he wanted to simply tell “the story of why
I’m fighting and what it’s like to be a survivor.”
The dictionary defines survivor as “a person who continues to function or
prosper in spite of opposition, hardship or setbacks” And while it may be
cliché, it may as well just say “See: Smith, Matthew”


When I first met him in the late 80’s I could tell he was a scrapper. In
fact I think our first interaction almost ended in a physical
confrontation.  While I’d like to think I would have given him a run for
his money at that point, I had no idea that Matt had already beaten life’s
toughest opponent.


AstroCytoma is form of cancer that attacks the central nervous system and
can affect thought, speech and strength. This form of cancer accounts for
about 50% of all brain tumors and is probably best known for claiming the
life of the late Senator Ted Kennedy after a stroke and a 15-month battle.
For Matt, the tumor manifested itself in his spine (some say this is proof
that Matt has more backbone than brains.)


For a 4 year varsity soccer player at Malden High, this news would have
been devastating. 2 Intrusive surgeries at Children’s Hospital that
involved opening the spine to remove the tumor would leave permanent nerve
damage to his once spry legs would leave this his athletic frame frail and
weak. But with all survivors, it’s not the body that is important – it’s
the will.  And that will carried him through Spaulding Rehab where he
learned to walk again, eventually emerging on the other side with a 8 inch
scar on his spine and 8 halved vertebrates, and a fighting spirit that
would drive him from that day on.


Matt has always been up for a challenge and has harnessed his passion to
help raise money for those less fortunate. A few years back, he got 30+
people to run into the freezing water or Revere beach in February to raise
more than 29 thousand dollars for MA Special Olympics; and last year he
road 50 miles in  the Rodman’s Ride for Kids despite never really riding a
bike farther than the corner store.


But as they say before every big boxing match, “…this time it’s personal.”


When he first heard about Haymakers for Hope, he knew that he had to do it.
As he sweats and pushes himself 4 nights a week under the tutelage of
Former World Heavyweight Champion, John Ruiz and trainer Dan Parks at The
Quietman Boxing Gym, he knows he’s not just fighting against another man.
He’s fighting against the disease that’s left its footprint on his
life, and fighting so every child in the same situation can come to be
called a survivor.


Ruiz and Parks have donated their time to help Matt prepare and train for
this amazing event-- and you can help, too. Please support Matt by donating
here [insert link]. Every penny donated will go to the great work of the
folks at The Jimmy Fund and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and help
ensure that the every child gets the same opportunities and great care that
kept Matt fighting on.

-Written by Jeff Hodnett, Bluefish-digital.com
 

To Check out Matt's Training Album: Click Here

 

For more information please contact us at info@haymakersforhope.org

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To This Fundraiser

$10,006

MONEY RAISED
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  • The Brennock Family

    $100

  • Cousin Jimmy

    $100

  • Dumb Guy

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Julie Blauvelt Ford

    $100

  • Lamar Family

    $50

  • OConnor's

    $100

  • Jason Webber

    $50

  • Dave Alley

    $100

  • Kuhlmann

    $50

  • The McGeown Family

    $100

  • Lauren Owens

    $20

  • Dawn Moschella

    $50

  • Goodbye to Roseeeeeey the Queen of Corona

    $100

  • Stu Weiner

    $50

  • The Asian Sensation

    $100

  • McD & Clan

    $50

  • Larry and Heidi Coleman

    $50

  • Brtney & Cris Dedmod

    $50

  • page fgamily

    $50

  • Mary Procopio

     

  • Bixby Family

    $100

  • Bill & Kim Gross

     

  • Jody Wasielewski

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Lisa Pike

    $50

  • Joanie baloney

    $200

  • Joe Higgins

    $100

  • Joanie Baloney's kid

    $31

  • Team Pitkin

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $95

  • The Faris Family

    $100

  • Ticket Sales

    $5,875

  • CP

    $50

  • John Cogswell

    $100

  • Dick and Mim

     

  • Stacey H

    $40

  • Emily Adams

    $50

  • The Currans of Annapolis

     

  • Ron Burgandy

     

  • George Ellison

    $100

  • Steve Camarro

    $50

  • mary rubenis

    $40

  • Anonymous

    $250

  • Nicola Savignano

    $50

  • M/M Ainsley P

     

  • Deb & Mark Ruelle

    $50

  • Betty & Bob

     

  • The Ging and 006.5

     

  • The Zerilli Family

     

  • Jen Rotigliano & Family

    $100

  • Sarah Spollett

     

  • Barry Sullivan

    $20

  • Phyllis McGee

    $25

  • Alan Roycroft

    $125

  • Colin Gallagher

    $50

  • Taylor

     

  • P LeClair

    $100

  • Karen Gilfillan

    $20

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154% Raised of $6,500 Goal

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The Team: $10,006 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Donor Comments

Karen Gilfillan

Karen Gilfillan

DONATION: $20

Thanks Matt for doing this for all of us who have been diagnosed with this disease. 4 years ago

P LeClair

P LeClair

DONATION: $100

4 years ago

Taylor

Taylor

4 years ago

Colin Gallagher

Colin Gallagher

DONATION: $50

4 years ago

Alan Roycroft

Alan Roycroft

DONATION: $125

4 years ago

Phyllis McGee

Phyllis McGee

DONATION: $25

You go guy! Take him down!! 4 years ago

Barry Sullivan

Barry Sullivan

DONATION: $20

Good Luck! 4 years ago

Sarah Spollett

Sarah Spollett

4 years ago

Jen Rotigliano & Family

Jen Rotigliano & Family

DONATION: $100

In memory of Jenn Hill, family & friends we've lost to cancer and ones battling today. 4 years ago

The Zerilli Family

The Zerilli Family

Be safe and have fun!! 4 years ago