Please help the Matt Cwiertny Memorial Foundation win $25,000!
Mozilla Firefox will be donating $25,000 to the charity that raises the most money on Crowdrise between December 13th
and January 11th... and how AWESOME would it be if the Matt Cwiertny Memorial Foundation won?!
We can do this!!
PLEASE HELP! Join our
team. Donate. Join our team and donate. Get your friends and family to
join in and donate. We need everyone's help. Let's make certain our 2011
grant makes an impact and saves lives... and please, please help us
start NEXT year's grant off with $25,000! Amazing, right?
Please help the Matt Cwiertny Memorial Foundation by donating here:
MCMF Holiday Challenge
So why does this matter so much to us? Here's why we're so passionate about this:
Matt was a 22-year-old junior art director for Marshall Advertising,
who loved the L.A. Galaxy soccer, A.S. Roma, the Flight of the
Conchords, The Dandy Warhols, Jack’s Mannequin, The 88, and Will Ferrell
movies, when he got a really bad case of mono. We thought he'd
recovered until six months later when Matt started getting
extraordinarily high fevers, his blood pressure dropped, and his blood
counts cratered. His doctors were confounded, especially when they
concluded it was not mono. It was only after he went into respiratory
failure that his doctors at USC learned he suffered from EBV-induced
Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis (EBV-HLH), a blood disorder affecting
only 1 of every 1,000,000 persons (after a bone marrow biopsy, the
doctors decided he'd had mono earlier). While EBV-HLH is not cancer, it
acts and is treated like a cancer. The disorder destroys healthy blood
cells, and is treated with chemotherapy, and a bone marrow transplant,
if necessary. EBV-HLH often induces lymphoma, which it did in Matt. One
month after his EBV-HLH diagnosis, Matt learned he was also battling NK
T-Cell lymphoma, one of the most aggressive and least researched blood
cancers there is.
In December 2008, Matt received his bone marrow transplant. While it
temporarily put him in remission, his lymphoma returned in February
2009, and in June 2009, Matt learned it had returned in the form of an
inoperable brain tumor. After chemo failed to put him in remission, Matt
began radiation treatment. Before finishing it, he was readmitted to
the City of Hope in late September 2009. At that time, Matt was in a
weakened state, with his EBV levels extraordinarily high that it was
debilitating to his liver and kidneys. Unfortunately, the doctors were
unable to administer any treatment that could reverse the affects of the
EBV and its impact on Matt’s vital organs… And at midnight on October
3, 2009, he passed away with his family surrounding him.
Please help us fund medical research for EBV and EBV-associated
diseases, including blood cancers. We need cures and NOW. Let's do this.
To learn more about the Matt Cwiertny Memorial Foundation and what we want to accomplish, please visit: http://www.mattcwiertnymemorialfoundation.com