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 so I would graduate on time (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 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 am cancer free and in remission! I went back to school in May 2017 and have recently graduated from high school. My twin sister and I are excited to begin our college journey this fall. I am so happy that I am finally back to normal!
To help assist the Valerie Fund with their mission and efforts, I have been speaking 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 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!