Stand Tall For Hall

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Stand Tall For Hall

My name is Matthew Hall. In October 2016, I just started my junior year at St Joseph's High School in Metuchen, NJ, and was in the middle of Cross Country track season. I started having back pain, but thought it was just a pulled muscle from running 35-40 miles per week. Within a week, my life changed forever - my family's lives were changed forever. The doctors found cancer in my back and my hip. I was diagnosed with Burkitt's Leukemia (a rare and aggressive cancer).

I received my treatment at the Valerie Center at Morristown Medical Center. The doctors, nurses, social workers and other members of the staff are now part of our family. I didn't feel like just another patient at the hospital to the doctors and nurses. I know they really cared that I got better. It's not just a job to them. To also see the social workers and other staff help my parents and me to ensure that I kept up with my schoolwork (the Valerie Fund provided the hospital with a VGo robot at my school so I could participate in class remotely), that I have activities each day (like the therapy dogs - I love Tahoe!), and even the tacos, ice cream and other goodies each day. They made every day a little less difficult. That meant so much to me.

On St Patrick's Day 2017, my treatment was done! On Good Friday 2017, my doctor told me that I was cancer free and in remission! I went back to school in May 2017 and graduated from high school in May 2018. I started college this past September at the University of Notre Dame and even got a job with the football team! I am so happy that I am finally back to normal!

To help assist the Valerie Fund with their mission and efforts, I spoke at their golf outings, galas, and even made an appearance on "CBS: This Morning". I have also been spending time with new patients and sharing my experiences during my treatment with them. Hopefully, I can make it a little less difficult for someone else.

The Valerie Fund has helped my family and me during this difficult time in our lives and it is important to me that others receive the same support. Please consider joining my team by making a donation and even participating in The Valerie Fund Walk with me. I'm not planning to walk, by the way, so good luck keeping up with me!

Our Team

Amy Dreher $10
Amy Dreher $10
Amy Lewis $25
Andrea DonDiego $40
Andrea Resto $180
Anita Tedesco $35
Anonymous $125
Anonymous $20
Anonymous $25
- Always keep going with God's help.
Anonymous $25
Anonymous $100
Catherine Monek $50
- Thank you for raising money for such a worthy cause.
Chas Tedesco $10
Chas Tedesco $35
- Changed to a Runner- Additional $10 Run donation on 4.8.19 (#54290)
Clark Girl's Softball Opening Day Event $43
Claudia Barberio $40
Danitza Ricigliano $40
Hartnett Family Foundation, Inc. $1000
Jacqueline Mintz $40
Jen Moog $100
- Matt - keep up the incredible work raising awareness to help find cures! #gameon
Jennifer Pittari $125
Jill Burkhard $50
- To Matt- you are an inspiration to us all. Stand strong and TALL! Jill, Sammy, Rachel & Alison Burkhard
John Passuth $40
Karen Moro $125
- We hope this helps
Kelly McHugh $40
Kimberly Brazaitis $40
Laura Hamm $20
Laura Hamm $20
Linda Consulmagno $40
- Good Luck this Season!
Lisa Orlowski $25
- Alyssa Orlowski donation. Pompeii Pizza (Pee Wee)
Matthew Hall
Matthew Hokanson $25
Melissa Bueno $40
Michelle Erszkowicz $40
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP $5000
S&S Tax and Financial Services $100
- Have a great season ladies. Walk for this great cause!!
Secure Pest Services $100
- Have a great season ladies. Walk for this great cause!!
The Blizniak Family $25
Trent Tedesco $45
Uncle Markie & Aunt Sue $40
Vickie Sorbara $20
Vivian Bender $35
amy mcbride $25
- In honor of Aidan McBride...a former Clark Soccer Club member and a former Valerie Fund patient who will be five years cancer free in July 2019. Have a great walk!



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