A Moment For Matt

I imagined when I started blogging that a few of my closest friends would drop by initially to give me a gentle pat on the cyber head. They’d tell me CON-GRAT-U-LATIONS!!!!, and let me know that they were looking forward to seeing me do ALL the grand things I promised to do on my Hello World page. After that initial post, we would then all go back to doing what we were doing, conveniently forgetting the fact that I started blogging.

The only difference would be that I’d start acting all trendy and cool. I’d start wearing tight-fitting all-black outfits, a beret—and dark sunglasses—even at night. Because I am a blogger, l know I can pull off this—oh, so trendy—look. If I didn’t have a blog, I’d look pretty ridiculous. (Note to self: Update blog photo to show off new—oh, so trendy—look.)

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this blogging thing, now that I’m past the first post. I’ve only been at it a couple of weeks and I have a whole ten posts. Who woulda thunk it? I certainly didn’t. I’ve had a lot of fun telling you what I’ve been up to, showing you what I’ve found, and sharing stories of friends and adventures.

A couple of days ago, I introduced you to my friend Jean. The reason I did that is because, first off—I really like her and secondly, because I wanted you to learn about what she has been doing for someone else for the last 20 years. Jean has put in a tremendous amount of time and effort into raising money for the MDA and a young man named Matt.

This year Jean set a goal to raise $5,000 to help Matt and the MDA. She knew it was a lot of money, but she is driven to succeed. She and many others donated quilts for The Great MDA Quilt Raffle to help reach this goal. She was doing all of this to support the MDA, but she was really doing this for Matt and his new family.

This was going to a big year for Jean, Matt and MDA. She was looking forward to seeing Matt’s face when she presented the $5,000 check. I was looking forward to hearing all about it. Unfortunately, things don’t always work out the way we’ve planned.

Last night I received a very pain-filled email from Jean. Her words were brief, and a link to the hgtv.com message board was provided. Although she didn’t explain what was going on, I could feel the pain in her post. As I read the words, I was left speechless. Matt passed away yesterday. I hurt for my friend and felt powerless to help.

In situations like this, we always ask ourselves the same  questions . . . “What can I do?” . . . “What do I say?” . . . “Is there anything I can do to make this better?” Well, the answer to most of these questions is, NO. There is nothing I can really do. There is nothing I can really say, and most of the time, there is no way I can make it better. It sucks, pure and simple.

After a rather sleepless night, I realized I am not completely powerless. By using my blog, I can let you know the story of Jean and Matt. I hope you will take the time to read Jean’s story.

The Great MDA Quilt Raffle

I didn’t know Matt, but I do know Jean, and if she thought he was special enough to spend the last 20 years helping, then I can do my part to help her. Will you please join me in helping Jean reach her $5,000 goal? She has a ways to go before reaching it, and there is not much time left. I know that raising the money won’t make the pain any less, but I do know that Matt and Jean will appreciate anything that you can do to help. (Click on the photo for details.)

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8 Responses to “A Moment For Matt”

  1. Gari Says:

    Your writing style is as beautiful as your quilt work… thank your grace regarding such a difficult subject….. Many prayers for Jean, Matt and his family…..

    • Tom Russell Says:

      Thanks Gari, I know Jean will appreciate your prayers. I find it much easier to make a quilt than it is to write about such a difficult situation.

  2. Jayardi Says:

    • • • Tom, I feel as though I have hijacked your blog. I sure hope your readers won’t be put off and stop following you.

    Thank you so much for all you have done to help.

    Jean

    • Tom Russell Says:

      You’ve not hijacked anything. I wish I could do more. Thinking of you.

      • Jayardi Says:

        • • • You’ve been grand and I have to thank you. Two of your readers have signed up the for Sixth Annual Scraps to Treasures Challenge and I have a number of requests for raffle tickets aka donations for Matt.

        Thank you!

  3. kathydrew Says:

    You can count on me to help. If you love her, then I love her as well. I will be mailing my check tomorrow. And Tom, do you know how wonderful you are?

    • Tom Russell Says:

      Thanks Sweetie. I really appreciate it. Jean is a wonderful lady and I know she will appreciate whatever you can give. I can’t thank you enough for helping her reach her goal. You are THE BEST!

  4. Lynn Kelly Says:

    The link to Jean’s story is not working Tom. ?????

    Good for you for getting her story out!

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