Matthew Freer of Davenport was diagnosed with leukemia on April 5th, just eleven days after his 9th birthday.


A benefit will be held for Matthew on February 26th from 1pm–5pm at the Davenport Knights of Columbus (1111 W 35th St.) Contact or call 563-370-8512

On April 5th our Matthew was diagnosed with leukemia. This news certainly explained the changes we’ve seen in the last few months. A normally energetic boy filled with surprises and lots of loveable moments was over taken by complaints of pain and cries of not feeling well. After several visits to the doctor’s office and a trip to the ER, Matthew was admitted to the hospital and then transferred to OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria, IL. It was the team of specialists at OSF that quickly and skillfully identified cancer as the culprit. Matthew is in good hands and will get the care he needs to recover with the OSF team at his side. He has started phase 1 of chemotherapy with no time wasted. We are also blessed that OSF partners with St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Since Matthew’s diagnosis many of our family and friends have reached out wanting to know how they can help. With this illness the road to good health will be a long one. Lots will be needed – prayers, love, support, time, energy, well wishes, smiles, hugs, words of encouragement. The plan and our needs can change very quickly. We also realized it’s going to be quite expensive. The typical cost for treatment in the US is $103,250 over the course of a year. Then add on the costs of traveling to and from the hospital in Peoria as well as taking time off work to care and be with Matthew. Our goal is to get Matthew healthy and back on his feet as quickly as possible. We want to see him laughing, jumping, and charming your socks off again. Mark your calendars for April 8, 2017. We’ll be celebrating a Cancer Free Matthew.

Please help us, help Matthew beat cancer. We appreciate your support during this time when it matters most.

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