Meet Mathias from Leesburg, Virginia, who was an inspiration to so many throughout his brave battle, and whose legacy lives on through an initiative to raise awareness for childhood cancer. Thank you to his parent Roya for sharing this story:
"Mathias was diagnosed with Metastatic Osteosarcoma in July of 2012 at the age of 11. He fought really hard for his life for 29 months. He had over 30 rounds of high dose chemo treatments, radiation, 3 thoracotomies, an amputation of his right leg below the knee, and multiple clinical trials. Mathias passed away on December 7, 2014.
During Mathias' intense treatment he spent a lot of time in the hospital and was disconnected from his friends and classmates. Hopecam made it possible for him to stay connected and in touch with the world outside of the hospital walls. This truly helped his spirit and kept him busy.
Mathias was a beautiful, brave young man with the most positive outlook to life. He loved family, food and soccer. He was kind, thoughtful and always saw the glass as half full, He never gave up hope and fought so fearlessly during his journey. He is loved and missed by many.
His legacy is giving us hope for a brighter future and a CURE for others. The Mathias Bill passed and was approved shortly after he passed away and now we have about 2,000 motor vehicles in the Commonwealth of Virginia driving around with the 'Cure Childhood Cancer' specialty license plate."