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Matthew’s Story

By Matthew’s mom, Janet Legemaate

In 2007, when Matthew was 10 years of age, his doctors put him forward to Reach for A Dream as they didn’t expect him to survive much longer. In the latter part of 2007, Matthew’s dream of going to Walt Disney World came about as a result of RFAD organising for Make a Wish in the USA to gift the family accommodation and tickets to Walt Disney World and Universal Studios. After we arranged the money for flights we were off for Matthew to have the holiday of a lifetime. The experience was far more than Matthew could ever imagine, staying at Give Kids the World Village, where even the dustbins talked, having a star with his name placed on the ceiling of the castle, to walking around in amazement at Walt Disney World and Universal Studios. Matthew had an incredible time, living the adventures he had seen in videos and having the opportunity to go on rides and meet characters from his favourite movies. Thank you RFAD for giving Matthew his wish and an experience of a lifetime. Matthew subsequently went on permanent oxygen a couple of years after this trip as he needed a heart and double lung transplant.  This he received after waiting for 7 years in October of 2017. He is doing incredibly well and plans to Pay it Forward as much as he is able in the future.

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Date : 28 Feb 2018

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