February Patient of the Month: Kristin Matthews

Kristin Matthews

During a high school pep rally in 2003, her younger brother jokingly scared her by jumping on her back, causing her to faint.

After multiple tests, she received the shocking diagnosis of congestive heart failure and cardiomyopathy. Doctors say a heart transplant is essential to her survival. However, while she’s sick enough to need heart failure treatment, her heart function has not declined enough to add her to the transplant waiting list.

Despite these challenges, Kristin is not one to give up. As a child in the late 80s, she was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a malignant bone tumor. Even at a young age, she was determined to fight and overcome the battle. After two years of chemotherapy and multiple surgeries, she went into remission and has been cancer-free ever since! She plans to fight this health battle with the same determination and perseverance.

Kristin and her husband, David, have a young son, who means the world to them both. She looks forward to feeling healthy again so she can run with her son, take him to the park and play a game of tag. As a sports lover, she dreams of teaching her little boy all about sports and spending many more years watching him play. But right now, she needs your help.

To read more about Kristin or to make a tax-deductible donation in her honor, visit her personal fundraising page.