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Matthew de Casmaker Tribute Fund

MATTHEW A. de CASMAKER beloved son of Colleen and Doug and brother to Scott of Lethbridge passed away at the Alberta Children’s Hospital on Sunday, April 2, 2006 at the age of 15 years. Besides his loving parents and brother he is survived by his maternal grandparents Verna and Al Hawley; paternal grandmother Laraine Stuart; special auntie Darlene Hawley and aunts Gloria (Larry) Silsbe all of Lethbridge, Diane (Lawrence) Beaulieu of Ottawa, ON and Lee (David) Christen of Coogee Beach, Sydney, Australia; uncle Wes Hawley of Lethbridge, special great aunt Ilda Robblee of Calgary, AB; special friend Riley Fix;, and six cousins: Shawn, Kayla, Simon, Chase, Ruby and Lucas. He was predeceased by his maternal great grandparents Pearl and Walter Hawley, paternal grandparents Winnifred and Brian de Casmaker. Matthew was born November 2, 1990 in Calgary and was raised and educated in Lethbridge. Matthew courageously battled with Duchene Muscular Dystrophy for the last 10 years. He was an angel sent from heaven to bring joy to people’s lives. Matthew touched people in different ways and in his short life made many friends including those in the WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment). The wrestler Shawn Michaels made a personal phone call to wish him well. He enjoyed spending time with his auntie Darlene, uncle Wes and having dinner at grandma and grandpa Hawley’s. Matthew enjoyed camping with his family and friends and even sneaking a beer when no one was looking. Matthew was a spiritual person who enjoyed praying and he said, “God was helping him get through this”. Matthew is sadly missed by his family and many friends and especially his pets, Pheobe and Gizmo. In 2004 Matthew was diagnosed with congestive heart failure, a result of the Muscular Dystrophy. Subsequently he came to the Lethbridge Regional Hospital pediatrics unit almost daily for I.V. therapy related to the congestive heart failure. Matthew’s parents, close family and friends spent many days in hospital with Matthew. When he passed away, a fund was established at the Lethbridge Regional Hospital Foundation to receive gifts in his memory. The owner and staff of Jacquie's Salon and Spa decided to support Matthew's fund in their annual summer fundraising activities. Colleen is a client of Jacquie’s as was Matthew. Colleen said, “It was a surprise to us when Jacquie and the girls told us they wanted to do this, and it was very touching.” On November 2, 2006, a day of special significance as it would have been Matthew's 16th Birthday, Jacquie’s Salon & Spa owner Jacquie Solorzano presented donations totalling $2,818 to the Lethbridge Regional Hospital Foundation in memory of Matthew de Casmaker. The donations included a gift of $500 from the Hungarian Canadian Old Timers Society. The funds were raised in August by a Walk-A-Thon and BBQ Pork on a bun event at the southside salon. All Salon staff and members of Matthew's family participated in the walk-a-thon. In receiving the gift, pediatrics unit manager Sharon Dueck said, “Matthew is in all of our hearts, and not a day goes by that we don’t think of him. We are so pleased to receive this gift in his honour and it will be used to purchase a recliner that will make things easier for parents of sick children.” Colleen had suggested the recliner saying how important it is for parents to be comfortable when they are visiting a sick child over long periods of time. “Matthew would often ask us how we are feeling and are we comfortable.” When Colleen saw plans for the new Community Savings Family Room at the hospital, she suggested a recliner be added to the room. She is delighted that now that the purchase will be made from Matthew’s Tribute Fund. Matthew's Fund for Pediatrics is a permanent memorial fund. Memorial Tributes for Matthew may be made to the Matthew de Casmaker Caring Hearts Fund for Pediatrics, c/o Chinook Regional Hospital Foundation, 960-19 St S, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 1W5.

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