Wednesday, June 1, 2011

My Apologies

I know I have not updated this blog and there are a lot of updates. Until I can do a more in-depth update I will just post this quick one.

The yard sale went very well and raised a little over 2 thousand dollars, which has gone to some of the outstanding medical bills. Thank you to everyone that helped with this sale via donating items, or making cash donations in the jar at the sale.

Someone lent us a few tables for the yard sale, with their phone number written on the underside of the tables. We have called that number a few times to return the tables but we continue to get a message that the number is out of service. If the person (we did not catch the name as we were so busy setting up the yard sale at the time) reads this please email Missy at or call (850) 747-1759. Thank you!

The donation jars have brought in a few hundred dollars. Thank you to everyone who has donated through these jars around town!

The donations generated through this blog and the Facebook page have totaled around $900. Thank you to everyone who has donated money. This assistance has been very helpful.

Guilia Manfredini, an Italian cross stitch designer and physician, has helped a great deal with fundraising activities from her colleagues and friends. Thank you so much!

Matt's family is extremely grateful for all the assistance they have received during this time and send their thanks to everyone!

Matt is healing very very well!

I will try to post more details when I can. It is difficult for me as I live with a broken pelvis and constant pain and the fund raising activities have taken a toll and I am having to spend a great deal of time in bed.


Saturday, March 26, 2011

Recovery Update

I got to see Matt and a lot of the porcine donor skin they put on his face has come off and the healing skin looks fantastic! The skin is obviously new, delicate, and doesn't have the same pigmentation as the rest of his face. I'm not sure how much of it is new skin and how much is scar tissue skin. There are some areas of scarring around the edges (near hairline and jawline) and the skin and muscles of the right side of his face do not move as easily as the left side does when he smiles. This is hyper-trophy and some may be permanent. The discoloration of the skin may be permanent as well and it won't tan. However, plastic surgery may be able to graft skin from other parts of his body when he is more healed to lessen the notice-ability of the discoloration. Matt is extremely happy to have the donor skin mostly off his face (just a bit on right side of face near the ear, and the right ear is left). He said "now people will stop staring at me like I'm a monster or something." then laughed a little. There are some visible scabs on his face and some areas that look more raw than others, but overall his face looks a lot better than everyone feared it might. For that we are all very grateful!

He saw the doctor on Wednesday March 23rd and they are pleased with his progress. They were able to leave his left hand unbandaged, but his arms and right hand (including each individual finger) are still completely bandaged. His left has similar discolored areas and raw new pink skin as his face. Soon they will be able to start massaging his face to prevent further hyper-trophy and repair what he already has.

His arms did develop the hypertrophy so they were stuck in a slightly bent position and he could not straighten them out. They had to gently stretch the forming scar tissue until he could straighten his arms again. This was apparently painful, but Matt is pleased with the results as he can now bend and straighten his arms almost normally, and he can use his fingers a little more. He had a very happy smile on his face and sparkle in his eyes when he said he got to play his video game for a little while.

His arms still have the donor skin on them and the doctor said they will be removing that skin next week and placing new donor skin where it is needed. His right arm appears to be the worst of it all. The doctors said that Matt will have to undergo "multiple plastic surgeries."

I had read that these donor skin treatments for 2nd and 3rd degree burns help them heal faster (10 to 14 days for a moderate 2nd degree burn), stops a lot of the pain, and can reduce the scarring so it is not as extensive as it used to be. I was a bit skeptical of these claims but after seeing how little pain Matt has had since the donor skin was placed, how quickly he is healing, and how great his face looks I am not skeptical any more. In fact I am so grateful that they now have these treatments for burns and that Matt was able to receive this treatment.

Matt, his dad Ricky and his mom Tammy asked me to pass on their thanks and gratitude to everyone. They greatly appreciate the prayers, thoughts, healing vibes, reiki, etc. and hope you will continue as they are obviously working!

Thank you all very much and please give if you can or donate a craft item for me to sell at our local flea market with all proceeds going o Matt's family. If you want more information on the craft donations, please email me at and I will gladly answer your questions.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Update On Matt

Kyle and I visited Matt today for a few minutes. He is doing well! The skin grafts that the doctors did are helping him with the pain a great deal.

Please continue to keep him in your thoughts, prayers, and well wishes (whatever you feel comfortable doing).
If you wish to send a message to Matt, you can comment on this blog or email him directly at as he will be logging in (With his parents assistance since he can't use the keyboard himself yet) to read them personally.

Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers, Matt and his family greatly appreciate it!

If you can, please donate by clicking the "Donate" button on the right.

Thursday, March 17, 2011


Welcome to Matt's Hope. This page has been set up to assist in fund-raising activities for Matt W. On Sunday, March 13, 2011, Matt was badly burned in an accident. He is facing a long recovery process for his injuries. The family faces medical bills, travel expenses, etc. during this time. You can learn more by clicking the page "What is Matt's Hope?".

On the right side of this page is a donate button that will take you to the PayPal web site. All monies received are going to a bank account that has been set up for Matt and his family.

If you would prefer to do a direct deposit, please email me (Missy) at and I will provide the routing and account number information that your bank will need to do the deposit.

Please donate if you can!

Also, we are going to hold a yard sale on April 16, 2011. All monies raised will be going to Matt's family. We are asking for donations of items to be placed in this sale. Please contact me for more information.

As other activities are decided upon and set up, information will be provided on this blog. Also updates on Matt's recovery will be posted here with his family's permission.

Please keep Matt and his family in your thoughts or prayers!

Thank you.