TIME OUT - $1000
Young melanoma patient Matthew Martin was determined to go on a holiday to Cairns with his friends, despite being part-way through a series of tests, chemotherapy treatment and radiotherapy.
His mother Lyn says the young man who had struggled to get his luggage on the baggage trolley returned smiling, happy and with a renewed spirit.
This gift will give a young person with melanoma cancer -- aged between 17 and 24 -- a wonderful chance for time out, whether it is a holiday, tickets to a show or anything else that will give them a much-needed break from their treatments.
(In the event that this gift is overstocked or no longer needed, we will use your gift to purchase something of equal value and usefulness, to the same people.)
Matthew Martin was diagnosed with melanoma when he was just 20 years old. After an operation to remove the melanoma in January 2006, his journey to fight for life began.
Matthew had a wide circle of loyal friends, and was deeply loved by his extended family. His dreams were simple: to fall in love, have a family, and one day own his own home.
The cancer returned in September 2008. Prior to this, Matthew had organised a trip to Cairns with his friends, and was determined to continue despite a series of tests, chemotherapy treatment and radiotherapy. After much consultation with doctors, his mother Lyn allowed Matthew to travel to Cairns.
The change in Matthew was extraordinary. The young man who had struggled to get his luggage on the baggage trolley returned smiling, happy, and with renewed spirit to fight his illness.
Matthew never gave up hope, even when the melanoma metastised and spread to his lungs, liver, brain and spine. He lost his battle with cancer three weeks later.
Lyn saw the wonderful effect a short break away had on her son, and was determined to help others in similar circumstances. She established the Matthew Martin Time Out Trust Fund at Westmead Medical Research Foundation, to give young people in the advanced stages of melanoma an opportunity to take a break from treatments and hospital.