Photography By Kristi Weaver Photography
Matthew's big reveal!
Sunshine on a Ranney Day strives to restore hope to the lives of children and families who are experiencing serious illnesses. This stunning young fellow is a 16 year old high school sophomore with a passion for basketball, his family and his friends. Matthew plays for the Etowah High School Basketball team and is a member of a distinguished leadership club known as Flight Club. He is well respected and humble with the goal of increasing awareness and prevention of childhood cancer.
Matthew recently endured an 18 hour surgery to remove a cancerous tumor from his jaw. This painstaking surgery, performed by a team of surgeons, repaired his jaw with a section of his fibula and required a ten day hospital stay. The journey towards the devastating diagnosis of this malignant mass began after his mom noticed that he had a swollen jaw following a basketball game. At the time, nothing significant was found; physicians thought it was a swollen gland. It was only when a routine dental x-ray revealed a tooth growing in his jaw that doctors became suspicious. A follow up visit to an oral surgeon lead to the discovery that the tooth was embedded in a mass within his jaw and had to be extracted.
His six month recovery period will include on-going physical therapy and speech therapy. He currently has to eat a modified soft diet and consume alkaline water. These services and his medical expenses are adding up and he requires around the clock care from his mother who is taking a leave of absence to help him recover. Matthew’s mother is a single mom and has exhausted her resources at this time.
Sunshine on a Ranney Day created an inspiring and stimulating bedroom showcasing all of his favorite things that have a positive impact on his recovery. Renovation, rest, and remission are just what the doctor ordered, and he got just that!