The Life In Matthew Welling
Each year more than 10,000 people need bone marrow transplants to save their lives, and if a member of their family is not a match, then those patients' futures literally depend on the kindness of strangers. Selfless people willing to donate marrow to anyone who needs it. That is exactly what happened in the inspirational story of little Matthew Welling.
In 2004, the birth of little Matthew was an answer to Mike and Susie Welling's prayers. At the time, they did not know that Matthew was born with a life-threatening disease. A bone marrow transplant was his only hope for survival. The Welling's family and friends rallied around to give them love and support but it took two strangers to give Matthew the gift of life.
Matthew Welling took his first steps at New York's Memorial Sloan Kettering hospital. A milestone no parent wants to forget nor wants to happen in a hospital.
This little boy with the reddest hair and biggest heart knows what it's like to fight for his life.
As a result of this ordeal, Matthew was left legally blind. With almost no vision in his left eye and limited vision in his right eye, this has become just one more obstacle that Matthew has overcome to ensure nothing keeps him from achieving all of his life's goals.
Today Matthew is free and clear from all life-threatening concerns. Today, Matthew and his parents devote their time to giving back to all of those who helped them as they continue to fight to ensure no one need to go through what they experienced, but if they do the Welling's want to help.
As a result, the Wellings started "Matthew's Mission" to help raise awareness and provide education about the need for bone marrow donors, visually impaired services and about all those wonderful organizations you don't want to know about but when you them become a life line.
We can all help in different ways. We encourage you to learn more about these organizations and find your way to make a difference.
Be the Match Foundation (www.bethematch.org)
Gift of Life Foundation (www.giftoflife.org)
Make a Wish Foundation (www.hudson.wish.org)
Garden of Dreams Foundation (www.gardenofdreamsfoundation.org)
Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Foundation (www.setonpediatric.org)
Music Therapy Institute at the Music Conservatory of Westchester (www.musicconservatory.org/music-therapy/music-therapy
Guiding Eyes for the Blind (www.guidingeyes.org)
Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (www.Vosh.org)
Westchester Biotech Project (www.WestchesterBiotechProject.org)