September of 2022, we were going to head to Boston for a chemo trial, but Matt’s cancer started to get worse, and he was no longer able to travel, so that treatment was no longer an option.
The cancer had already traveled to his lungs from the very beginning, but the chemo pills were keeping it all at bay until they stopped working and the cancer came back to his hip and then spread to his head.
As his lungs started getting worse, he eventually lost the fight, or depending on how you see it, he won that fight as he is in a better place and no longer in pain or suffering.
But he didn’t leave before having a live funeral with all of his friends and loved ones, and greatly impacting the Slinger/ Jackson communities. He was so loved and looked up to for his resilience. The nurses and doctors at Children’s also still remember him lovingly.
As he got worse in October of ’22, he was in and out of Children’s Hospital, and on one of those times while coming home we were welcomed with a neighborhood and community filled with #TEAMMATT signs. A day that we will forever cherish and hold dear to our hearts. This community is truly AMAZING.
But it doesn’t end there. Just last week the Slinger girls soccer team dedicated their parent night game to Matt and our family. It was so beautiful and thoughtful, and such a special way to keep his memory alive. They made a beautiful poster that will be hung in their new team room. They are also dedicating the alumni game in August to Matt. We honestly couldn’t feel more humbly blessed with our community.
In Memory of Matt, I wanted to start a Foundation in his name to help other families throughout Washington County, while spreading awareness of Childhood Cancer and giving back to our community and to the Slinger Soccer team.
Thanks again to the AMAZING community, Middle Ground Connections partnered with me and helped it become a reality. We put it all together in about two months. I really thought it would not happen as I kept tripping over obstacles, but God had other plans as He kept clearing the way and here we are.
We are having our inaugural #TEAMMATT Relay for Childhood Cancer, and we would like for everyone to please join us for a day of fun in Loving Memory of Matt or a loved one.
Where: Slinger Highschool Track, 209 Polk St., Slinger, WI 53086
When: Saturday, June 3, 2023
Time: 7:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Come and help us pass the #TEAMMATT BATON in Memory of Matt and or a Loved one.
If you are not a runner, no worries you could walk it.
There will be Music, games, raffles, and food and drink available.
I would like to say THANK YOU in advance to our Community, Sponsors, and Everyone who has donated to help make this a reality. Your love and support will make this special day in Loving Memory of Matt a success!!💙💛🙏🏼
Thank you Kindly & Blessings,
The Pfund Family
Pre-registration fee: $30 per person or $35 per person at the door
Fee will get you a #TEAMMATT
T-shirt and bracelet. In honor of Matthew’s favorite sports, Soccer, this year’s proceeds will be donated to the Slinger High School Soccer team to add lockers to their new Team Room!