This event will be a walkathon June 18 from 8:00AM to 12:00PM at Southwind Park's North picnic area. The cost for entry will be $25/person and $50/family. There will be raffle as well as silent auction items. Any and all auction items that wish to be donated please contact Jason Loftus via email at JMLoftus12@aol.com. If you wish to give a cash donation please make checks payable to Matthew Boyer and deposit at Security Bank, 510 E Monroe, Spfld, IL 62701.
Matthew Ryan Boyer (son of Heather Loftus Boyer and Cory Boyer) was born three months early via emergency C-section, weighing in at 2 pounds, 7 ounces. After contracting staph pneumonia twice within the first six weeks of life, he developed a very rare lung disease, called brochopulmonary dysphasia. Due to this rare disease, he was admitted to NICU at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois for the first thirteen months of his life, where he underwent several invasive surgeries, requiring him to be ventilated often. He was eventually sent home where he remains on oxygen twenty fours hour a day and is fed through a G-tube inserted into his stomach. At twenty three months of age now, Matthew is still on oxygen and still fed through a G-tube, both of which he will likely require for years to come. He also currently receives eight sessions of therapy per week, including Physical, Occupational, Speech and Developmental therapy. In addition to his extensive course of weekly therapy, he also requires constant monitoring by his team of specialists, including his pulmonologist, cardiologist, optometrist, ENT, Kidney and pediatrician. Matthew's medical costs have nearly exceeded $5,000,000.00. Despite all of the above, he is a happy, loving, beautiful little boy who has changed our families perspective on life and its precious gifts.