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A Wish to Give Other Warriors a Chance

Matthew and Dr. Summers are making a difference for cancer warriors together.

Matthew’s wish is making a difference


When 16-year-old Matthew was asked what his most heartfelt wish would be, he didn’t take long to answer. He had just learned to walk again after being paralyzed for seven months from chemo. He was ready to discuss what he wanted most.

“My wish is that no other child has to go through what I went through,” he told his wish volunteers. With the ability to wish for anything in the world, Matthew decided to make a difference.


On World Wish Day, thousands tuned in online to a livestream hosted at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta to witness a wish that would impact many.

Matthew toured the research lab with his doctor, Dr. Summers, while wearing his very own lab coat. He extracted protein from one of his own cancer cells and took a closer look under the microscope. After experimenting in the lab with Dr. Summers, Matthew presented him with a check for childhood cancer research and a word of thanks. The bond between doctor and patient is a special one!

Matthew was then told that a surprise awaited him. A limo ride to the other side of town brought him to the entrance of Topgolf Midtown, where Matthew’s friends and family were waiting in anticipation. As the doors to the facility opened, Matthew was greeted by cheers, high fives, smiles and a balloon drop!

Matthew’s wish impacted the heart of every person who heard his story. But the greatest impact of all? His wish will keep on giving, allowing Dr. Summers to continue his research on childhood cancer.

Together, we transform lives, one wish at a time.

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