Matthew joined his family in February of 2005. He was a sweet and handsome boy who completed their family. From the moment he arrived in this world, he touched everyone he met. He was loving and caring. He was brave and courageous. And, he was charming. Matthew’s smile and jokes could make even the darkest of days seem brighter.
Matthew was diagnosed with both autism and epilepsy at the age of 2. Despite these obstacles, Matthew adapted very well. He grew into a remarkable ten-year old boy spreading his contagious smile and genuine love. With the help of his family, teachers, therapists, and his friends, Matthew found a way to truly enjoy life.
Matthew passed away on March 23, 2015 from complications following a seizure. Although his journey on this Earth was far too short, Matthew taught his family so many things. He taught them to live in the moment and enjoy what you have. He taught them that love is by far the most important thing. And, he taught them that everyone has the potential to be your friend!
Through his spirit, and as their inspiration, his family set out to build Matthew’s Helping Hands and honor Matthew as they help other children play, learn, and grow.
With Matthew as our inspiration, our mission is to make a positive impact in the lives of children with autism and related special needs by providing a fun and safe environment where individual uniqueness is celebrated. We offer social and recreational activities while providing support for families and caregivers.