Matthew, age 4, says he wants to be a police officer when he grows up and then adds, “I have leukemia.” His ever-inspiring mom, Robin confirms his diagnosis: Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. She says that Matthew is “joy and light.” They are 7 weeks into this journey that started in their hometown of Brownsville, TN. Robin says, “He has been in God’s hands all this time. God protected him and brought him this far.”
Wearing a superhero shirt and Spiderman buttons, Matthew brings plastic kitchen toys to Robin as she is interviewed. Matthew says his favorite part of the Ronald McDonald House is the outside playground. He also loves Bingo games at the House. Last time, he was repeating the numbers back each time they were called.
Robin says about herself, her husband Chris , and their son Matthew, “We love all the groups that come to cook for us. It is such a blessing that we do not have to worry about meals and have the pantry available at all times. If we were at home, we would be isolated; but here there are activities so that Matthew is not secluded. In your weakest moment, you do not have to worry about the little things.”
“We do not look at Matthew’s cancer as a bad thing because we know we would not have been able to have these experiences and meet these people otherwise. We have been able to meet and get to know other families here with a common bond and connection. We are making lifelong friends with them and their kids. We can encourage and lift others up. If I can share my story, maybe I can encourage someone else. Enjoy all the little moments. Courage goes hand in hand with faith and having hope. Matthew has leukemia and a good prognosis, but my heart is with the families that do not have a good prognosis.”