Matthew loved his family above all else. He enjoyed a day of hiking, basketball, loved animals, sincere laughter, drawing and reading. He was a movie buff and had a huge collection of movies. Matthew was smart, kindhearted, respectful, and a loyal friend. He took pride in his appearance and had a particular fondness for sneakers, which he kept looking like new long after they came out of the box.
I watched my son, Matthew struggle with substance use for over 12 years. He unfortunately lost his battle to addiction on 11/23/15 as a result of a tragic accident. I organized “Matt’s Mission - End the Stigma of Drug Addiction” in his memory to hopefully end the stigma of addiction and raise awareness of addiction as a disease focusing on treatment not punishment. I saw firsthand the difficulties my son faced including the immense challenge of trying to rebuild his life. Matthew wanted desperately to be free of the chains holding him down to this horrific disease.
I miss his famous hugs! When Matthew hugged you, it was warm and genuine. I miss looking into his beautiful blue eyes. He was so proud of Alex and I enjoyed watching him interact and play together. I miss him at family gatherings. I miss EVERYTHING about him! My life will never ever be the same. I think of him each and everyday. My heart is broken.