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A VERY SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR VALUED
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Jennifer Coleman · Cari Andrews · Elisa Chin · Akhil Sheth · Laura & Gemma Wilson
Katie Storbeck · Chahira Solh · Debra Jackson · Christopher Onstatt · Jessica Peavy
Mao Shiokura · Jaki Kackert · Thorey Bauer · Dorothy Vaught · Martina Baldwin
Allyson Nakamoto · Jennifer Mason · Julie Wong · Queena Mewers · Michael McCarthy
Jonathan Lindsay · Roger Baker · Wendy Sugg · Autumn Nazarian · John Tran
The Solnick Family · Tracy Sullivan Prock · Rhonda Johnson · Rene & Cristina Solorio
Paula Silcox · Melanie Triebel · Connie-Marie Pruitt · Mark Neighbors · Christopher Pulliam
Candace Novell · Marian Cordry · Shonda Layous · Cynthia Hudak · Deanna Thoi · Roger Feldman
Ralph’s Markets · Trader Joe’s · Knott’s Berry Farm · Disneyland · Smocking Birds
Japanese American National Museum · Sprouts Markets · Stater Brothers
Yamaha Motor Corporation · Carolyna Messina · Ron Crowder · The MCMF Board of Directors Fountain Bowl

A BIG THANK YOU to those who attended and made contributions at the event!

We are eternally grateful for you support and hope to see you all again next year!

Bowling benefit in Fountain Valley helps family remember a rare man with a rare disease

By GREG MELLEN | gmellen@scng.com | Orange County Register

PUBLISHED: September 19, 2017 at 3:38 pm | UPDATED: September 19, 2017 at 11:16 pm

To his family, Matt Cwiertny was one in a million, and it was a one-in-a-million disease that took down the 24-year-old in October 2009.

From the day the 22-year-old graphic artist walked into an emergency room with a common case of mononucleosis, to his death two years later from an extremely rare immune disorder, complicated by an also rare blood cancer,  Cwiertny became a symbol to his family of ineffable optimism in the face of adversity.

Creating a legacy for him became their cause.

In seven years, the fledgling Matt Cwiertny Memorial Foundation, which is basically a family-created nonprofit, has raised about $200,000 for cancer research.

On Saturday, Sept. 23, the group plays host to its main fundraiser – the seventh annual Bowl-A-Rama – taking over 30 to 50 lanes at Fountain Bowl. The event includes three hours of bowling, pizza and soda for each lane.

Since Cwiertny died, his family has taken up the fight to not only battle the rare diseases but raise awareness and advocate for what they say is an often overlooked group: adolescent and young adult cancer victims, according to Tony Cwiertny, Matt’s father.

“In the seven or eight months after Matt died, we became aware of the plight of adolescent-young adults. We didn’t know any of that,” Cwiertny said.

Helping that age group became the rallying point for the Cwiertnys.

“Three times as much money is spent on research for children zero to 15,” said Tony Cwiertny, a Westminster resident. “And there has been no change in survivability for adolescents and young adults.”

Certainly not when compared to other age groups. While some improvement has been seen in the adolescent-young adult population, a recent report by “The Lancet Oncology” journal shows that adolescent-young adults have “a lower chance of surviving eight relatively common types of cancer than children,” according to a long-running study across Europe.

Matt Cwiertny’s story was common enough when the Westminster resident walked into the emergency room feeling rundown from mononucleosis. He had been exposed to Epstein-Barr Virus, one of the most common strains in the herpes family. About 90 percent of adults in the U.S. are exposed at some time in their lives, often with no symptoms, according to the National Association of Infectious Diseases.

There was nothing normal about what happened next, however. Cwiertny was among a very rare group of people with an immune system disorder called hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis, or HLH. When exposed to the Epstein-Barr Virus, his immune system essentially went haywire, releasing a massive amount of body defense cells.

“These cells not only destroy the damaged cells, but they do not “shut off” as they should and go on to destroy other cells such as red blood cells, platelets, and neutrophils within the body,” according to the HLH Center at Cincinnati Children’s.

As Cwiertny’s condition deteriorated, his doctors were confounded for more than six months. It wasn’t until he suffered a nearly fatal respiratory arrest that the nature of the disease was discovered.

“It took a young doctor who had been at a conference to make the correct diagnosis,” Tony Cwiertny said.

The HLH triggered non-Hodgkin’s Natural Killer (NK) T-cell lymphoma, another very rare blood cancer. Matt Cwiertny would go through 13 rounds of chemotherapy, a bone marrow transplant and radiation before he died.

One thing that kept his spirits up through the ordeal was music.

“In adolescent-young adults, it’s been found music is a good treatment,” Tony Cwiertny said. “It keeps them going mentally.”

To that end, one of the projects of the foundation was to pass out iPod Nanos preloaded with music called “Matt’s Mixed Tapes” to adolescent-young adult patients. Since the tapering of the popularity of the iPods, Tony Cwiertny says his group is working on a deal for gift cards with the Spotify digital music service.

The mission of the Cwiertny family remains to do what they can to prevent more stories like those of Matt.

“What we really learned is these people need help,” Tony Cwiertny said. “These patients are in great need and nobody knows about it.”

2016 MCMF Bowl-A-Rama Raises $14,000 in Support of AYAs with Cancer

On October 10, 2016, the MCMF held its 6th annual Bowl-A-Rama fundraiser at Fountain Bowl in Fountain Valley, California. Over 150 supporters of the MCMF had an exciting and very fun filled evening of bowling with family and friends.

The money raised will be used to achieve the MCMF’s mission to improve the quality of life for adolescents and young adult (AYA) cancer patients, primarily those with blood cancers and cancers associated with Epstein Barr Virus (EBV).

The MCMF would like to say THANK YOU to all those who attended the 2016 Bowl-A-Rama. Without your support we could not pursue and achieve the goals of the MCMF.

SPECIAL RECOGNITION goes out to those who directly supported the 2016 Bowl-A-Rama by providing their invaluable services, talents, and the support needed to make this event such a success.

  • The dedicated, talented and hard working members of the 2016 MCMF Board of Directors, who made the event a success.
  • Fountain Bowl management, including Gary Foreman, Rusty Hanna, and George Knerr, and their dedicated staff, who made the event possible.
  • Students from Saint Cecilia School in Tustin, CA, who volunteered their services.

The MCMF THANKS all sponsors of the 2016 Bowl-A-Rama and those who provided generous donations in support of the event

2016 MCMF Bowl-A-Rama Sponsors

GearShift, Inc., ymarketing, Lithocraft, Inc., Grove Body Shop, and Strickland’s Ice Cream

2016 MCMF Bowl-A-Rama Silent Auction and Other Major Donors

Fountain Bowl, Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, Stater Brothers, Ralph’s, Yamaha Motor Corporation, Discovery Science Center, Trader Joe’s, Sprouts, Sam’s Club, Ray/Regeania Menard, Pete/Dotti Claar, Jim Bollom, Chahira Solh, John Gibson, David Checel, Katie Storbeck, Amy Brubaker, Shonda Layous, Joshua Wolf, Denise Bugarin, Bob Starr, Mau Shiokura, Anthony Gomez, Patrick Asuncion, Beth Cheeseman, Michel Faucett, Mark Neighbors, Alex Hooker, Bau Ngoc Nguyen, Jeremy Stock, John Reynolds, Debra Jackson, Nancy Cesar, Carolyna Messina/Spectrum Packaging, Aquarium of the Pacific, Ross Merrin,  Amy Brubaker, Luzmila Baldwin, Martina Brown, Amber Rogers, Jessica Peavy, and Members of the MCMF Board of Directors.

 

Matt Cwiertny Memorial Foundation’s Matt’s Mixed Tape Program Reaches 100 Artists

100 Musical Artists Have Donated Over 800 Songs To Matt’s Mixed Tape Program

Orange County, CA (2/27/2016) – The Matt Cwiertny Memorial Foundation’s quality of life outreach program, Matt’s Mixed Tape, has reached a major milestone: 100 musical artists have joined the Matt’s Mixed Tape playlist by generously donating over 800 songs.

“The Matt’s Mixed Tape program seeks to keep Matt’s memory and love of music alive by gifting iPods filled with music to adolescents and young adults (AYAs) with cancer. The musicians working with the MCMF recognize the need to advocate for this underserved population and have given their full support to the program, donating full albums, rare tracks, or original recordings,” explained Eric Cwiertny, program co-director. “By donating their music, these musicians not only show their concern and support for AYA cancer patients, but also offer these young people a moment of escape and a way to connect with other patients who share a love for music,” continued Michele Cwiertny, program co-director. Ultimately, the program seeks to help to improve the quality of life of AYA cancer patients, as music therapy has been shown to help cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy and bone marrow transplants lessen their pain, nausea, and stress.

Currently, the Matt’s Mixed Tape Program is partnered with UCLA’s Daltrey/Townshend Teen and Young Adult Cancer Center, USC-Children’s Hospital’s Teen Impact Program, and Mercy Children’s Hospital in Saint Louis, Missouri. This month, the MCMF delivered 60 new Matt’s Mixed Tape iPods to UCLA’s Daltry/Townshend Teen and Young Adult Cancer Center. Since the program’s inception in February 2013, the MCMF has donated over 200 Matt’s Mixed Tape iPods to AYA cancer patients.

The MCMF thanks the artists participating in the Matt’s Mixed Tape program for their incredible talent, generosity, and support of this important music-based, quality of life outreach program. Without them, and the continued support of our financial donors, we would be unable to share Matt’s love of music with other AYAs seeking treatment for cancer. For more information on the Matt’s Mixed Tape program, or to make a donation, visit www.mattcwiertnymemorialfoundation.com/matts-mixed-tape/.

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Matt Cwiertny Memorial Foundation Supports Two New USC Adolescent & Young Adult Cancer Patient Program Initiatives

Orange County, CA (2/27/2016) – Committed to improving the quality of life of adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer patients, the Matt Cwiertny Memorial Foundation recently donated 10 iPads to the adolescent and young adult cancer program – AYA@USC – at the University of Southern California.

AYA@USC has recently instituted two new program initiates targeted at improving the psychosocial (physical, psychological, social, spiritual, etc.) health and overall quality of life of AYA cancer patients. The first program will focus on AYA cancer patient electronic database generation, including initial and follow-up evaluations of new AYA cancer patients entering the AYA@USC program. The database will track demographics, disease status and treatment, and patient self-measurements of stress levels and psychosocial needs. The second program consists of self–administered patient surveys seeking to help AYA patients identify symptom complexes which can guide approaches to reducing distressing and painful complications of their cancer and its treatment. In administering both programs, USC will use 10 iPads donated by the MCMF to collect data for the electronic database, as well as facilitate patient survey-taking.

As noted by Christine Cwiertny, MCMF President, USC’s two new program initiatives dovetail nicely with the mission of the MCMF: “Since its inception, the MCMF has sought to find ways to enhance the quality of life of AYA cancer patients. USC’s new programs, which seek to care for the overall health and well-being of AYA patients, are exactly the kind of initiatives the MCMF wishes to encourage, fund, and support. We are honored to have a role in USC’s work to care for and cure AYA patients. We are also deeply grateful to our numerous financial supporters who have made this opportunity possible.”

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Matt Cwiertny Memorial Foundation Continues Its Support Of Ground-Breaking USC-CHLA’s AYA Oncology Fellowship Program

MCMF Donates $10,000 to first-of-its-kind AYA Oncology Fellowship

Orange County, CA (2/27/2016) – In its continuing efforts to find cures for adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancers, the Matt Cwiertny Memorial Foundation (MCMF) recently donated $10,000 to USC-Children’s Hospital Los Angeles to support its AYA oncology post-graduate fellowship program.

Tony Cwiertny, CFO for the MCMF, explains: “The USC-CHLA AYA Oncology Fellowship is the first and probably the only formally organized AYA oncology post-graduate Fellowship program in the United States. We believe that this program will help provide medical doctors who will be experts in the field of AYA oncology and who will improve the treatment and healing of AYAs with cancer.”

The discipline of adolescent and young adult oncology is an emerging field. While many aspects of caring for patients with AYA cancers overlap in the pediatric and adult oncology realm, there are unique factors that are important for this group of patients. USC-CHLA’s AYA oncology post-graduate fellowship offers a curriculum that is a novel approach to addressing the AYA gap in both pediatric and adult oncology training programs. Graduates become experts in the field of AYA oncology. They become comfortable interacting with AYA population and can address their psychosocial needs. They understand the impact of health care access and resources for AYA oncology patients and will conduct clinical research in AYA cancers. Recently, the program graduated its first post-graduate fellow, Dr. Chelsea Collins.

The MCMF is proud to support USC-CHLA’s AYA oncology fellowship, and for the third year in a row is donating to this ground-breaking fellowship program. Given the program’s success, and its vital role in creating doctors who will be experts in the field of AYA oncology, the MCMF has doubled its contribution this year by donating $10,000 to the fellowship.

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Matt Cwiertny Memorial Foundation Funds Certification Courses For Nurses At UCLA’s Teen & Young Adult Cancer Program

MCMF Donates $15,000 to train nurses to care for AYA cancer patients

Orange County, CA (2/27/2016) – In its continuing efforts to enhance the quality of life for adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer patients, the Matt Cwiertny Memorial Foundation (MCMF) recently donated $15,000 to UCLA Daltrey/Townshend Teen and Young Adult Cancer Program to provide certification courses for nurses caring for teen and young adult (TYA) cancer patients.

“The TYA Nurses Training Program at UCLA Medical Centers utilizes unique, one of a kind, online certification courses provided by Coventry University in the United Kingdom (UK),” said Tony Cwiertny, the MCMF’s CFO. He continued, “UCLA nurses will participate in two certificate courses that have been developed in consultation with the UK’s Teenager Cancer Trust, after which the UCLA TYA program is modeled.” These AYA-specific courses will provide 5 UCLA nurses enhanced training in treating TYA cancer patients. These nurses will then train other UCLA nurses on what they have learned, thus increasing the impact of the training by reaching more UCLA staff. The MCMF was able to fund the entirety of UCLA’s training requirement thanks to its generous financial donors, as well as a $5,000 grant awarded by Staples Foundation, the charitable arm of Staples, Inc.

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Matt Cwiertny Memorial Foundation Chosen by Staples Associate to Receive $5,000 Grant

Organization Chosen by Local Associate to Benefit from Staples Foundation Grant

Orange County, CA (1/28/2016) – The Matt Cwiertny Memorial Foundation has been awarded $5,000 by Staples Foundation, the private charitable arm of Staples, Inc., under a program that lets Staples associates direct donations.

“The Matt Cwiertny Memorial Foundation seeks to enhance the quality of life of adolescent and young adult cancer patients, a demographic that until recently has been overlooked with respect to financial support for treatment, cures, and quality of life for these patients,” said Christine Cwiertny, the MCMF’s president. “The MCMF intends to use the Staples Foundation grant to provide a nurse at UCLA’s Daltrey/Townshend Teen & Young Adult Cancer Program with specialized training targeted at treating AYA patients. We are grateful that our Director, Mike Morris, nominated us for the grant, because we can now fully fund training for five nurses, UCLA’s current requirement.”

This grant is part of a philanthropic initiative created by Staples Foundation which allows Staples associates around the world to direct funding to non-profit organizations that are focused on education or job skills. The program, called 2 Million and Change, encourages local community engagement by awarding larger grants to organizations where associates are highly engaged in volunteering or fundraising – up to $25,000 per organization.

In 2014, Staples awarded more than $2.4 million in grants to 1,056 local organizations in support of education and job skills programs, including tutoring for pediatric cancer patients, job skills development for individuals with disabilities, school supplies, mentoring and more.

“Staples Foundation is committed to encouraging associates around the globe to make a difference in their local communities and through 2 Million and Change we enable them to directly support the programs where they personally see the greatest need,” said Emily McCann, senior manager of community and giving for Staples, Inc.

About The Matt Cwiertny Memorial Foundation

The Matt Cwiertny Memorial Foundation's mission is twofold: to find cures for the Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) and EBV-associated diseases, and to improve the quality of life for adolescents and young adults (15-29 years of age) with cancer. In addition, the MCMF seeks to raise public awareness of EBV-associated diseases and the need to find cures for these terrible diseases, while providing programs to enhance the quality of life for adolescent and young adult cancer patients.

For more information, visit www.mattcwiertnymemorialfoundation.com

About Staples Community and Giving

Staples contributes to educational and job-related community efforts with a primary focus on disadvantaged youth, from literacy and mentoring to career skills development, through in-kind and monetary donations and grants from Staples Foundation, the private charitable arm of Staples, Inc. Through its community and giving efforts, Staples and Staples Foundation have helped more than 7,000 organizations in 26 countries. For more information, visit www.staples.com/community.

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2015 MCMF Bowl-A-Rama Raises Over $14,000 in Support of AYAs with Cancer

On October 3, 2015, the MCMF held its annual Bowl-A-Rama fundraiser at Fountain Bowl in Fountain Valley, California.  Almost 250 supporters of the MCMF had an exciting and very fun filled night of bowling with family and friends.

The money raised will be used to achieve the MCMF’s mission to improve the quality of life for adolescents and young adults (AYAs) with cancer, primarily those with blood cancers and cancers associated with the Epstein–Barr Virus (EBV). 

The MCMF would like to say THANK YOU to all those who attended the 2015 Bowl-A-Rama. Without your support we could not pursue and achieve the goals of the MCMF.

SPECIAL RECOGNITION goes out to those who directly supported the 2015 Bowl-A-Rama by providing their invaluable services, talents, and support needed to make this event such a success:

  • The dedicated 2015 MCMF Board members who made the event a success.
  • Fountain Bowl management, including Gary Foreman, Rusty Hanna, and George Knerr, and their dedicated staff, who made the event possible.
  • Students from Servite High School and Saint Cecilia School who volunteered their services (e.g., selling tickets and serving food) during the event.

The MCMF THANKS all sponsors of the 2015 Bowl-A-Rama and those
who provided donations in support of the event:

2015 MCMF Bowl-A-Rama Sponsors: 
GearShift, Inc, Grove Body Shop, Rutan and Tucker, LLP, ymarketing,
Lithocraft, Inc., and Strickland’s Ice Cream

2015 MCMF Bowl-A-Rama Silent Auction, Bowler Challenge, and Other Major Donors: 

Fountain Bowl, GearShift, Inc, Yamaha Motor Corporation, Knott’s Berry Farm, Stater Brothers, BJs Restaurants, Ralphs, Sam’s Club, Donna Nettles, Aquarium of the Pacific, Cheesecake Factory, Roy’s Restaurant, Total Wine and More, The Capital Grille, Ivantis, Inc., Burke Williams Day Spa, Fleming’s Steakhouse and Bar, Ross Merrin, Trader Joe’s, Target, Late Night with Conan O’Brien/Scott Cronick, Sea World, Ron & Bonnie Crowder, Carolyn Messina/Spectrum Packaging, Sprouts, Jessica Peavy, Angelina’s Pizzeria, Sanrio, Discovery Science Center, Russell Kendrick, Colin Proksel, Darlene Bayardo, Chahria Solh, Candace Novell, Christine Solnick, Beth Kearney, Sharon Smith, Mao Shiokura, Montgomery Mewers, Hammad Alam, Marin Cordry, Adam Merrin, and the MCMF Board Members. 

2015 MCMF Restaurant Fundraisers Raise Almost $1,300 to Improve the Quality of Life of AYAs

Two restaurant fundraisers held to date in 2015 by the MCMF have raised almost $1,300, which will go toward improving the quality of life of AYAs with cancer. The fundraisers, one at the Veggie Grill in Tustin, CA, and one at Mama’s on 39 in Huntington Beach, CA, were held in April and June, respectively, and were attended by approximately 150 friends and supporters of the MCMF. Thanks to all those who came out in support of the MCMF!

Benefit Concert by The 88 Generously Supports the MCMF

The 88, who have supported the MCMF and the Cwiertny Family for over 7 years, held a benefit concert for the MCMF at the Boathouse Collective in Costa Mesa on the night of Friday June 12, 2015. In attendance were about 100 supporters of The 88 and the MCMF. All proceeds, totaling approximately $850, were donated by The 88 to the MCMF .  

A HUGE Thank You goes out to The 88 for their kindness and their enduring support of Matt Cwiertny and the mission of the Matt Cwiertny Memorial Foundation.

The MCMF Provides 2015 Continuing Support to the USC/CHLA AYA Postgraduate Oncology Fellowship

The MCMF strongly believes that because of the AYA Postgraduate Oncology Fellowship the future treatment and healing of AYA’s with cancer will improve. For this reason, the MCMF recently donated $5,000 in support of the 2015 AYA Postgraduate Oncology Fellowship. This donation, along with identical  donations made in 2013 and 2014, directly help educate future AYA oncologists in the treatment and curing of AYAs with cancer.

2014 Bowl-A-Rama Fundraiser for Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer

On October 25, 2014, the MCMF held its fifth annual Bowl-A-Rama fundraiser at Fountain Bowl in Fountain Valley, California.  For the second year in a row over 235 bowlers had an exciting and fun filled night of bowling with family and friends.

The event raised over $11,000!

The money will be used to achieve the MCMF’s mission to improve the quality of life for adolescents and young adults (AYAs) with cancer, primarily those with blood cancers and cancers associated with the Epstein–Barr Virus (EBV). 

The MCMF would like to say THANK YOU to all those who attended the 2014 Bowl-A-Rama. Without your support we could not pursue and achieve the goals of the MCMF.

SPECIAL RECOGNITION goes out to those who directly supported the 2014 Bowl-A-Rama by providing their invaluable services, talents, and support needed to make this event such a success:

• The dedicated 2014 MCMF Board members who made the event a success.

Fountain Bowl management, including Dave Osborn, Rusty Hanna, and Gary Foreman, and their dedicated staff, who made the event possible.

• Students from Rosary and Servite High Schools and from Saint Cecilia School who volunteered their services, (selling tickets and serving food) during the event.

The MCMF THANKS all sponsors of the 2014 Bowl-A-Rama and those who provided donations in support of the event:

2014 MCMF Bowl-A-Rama Sponsors: Rutan and Tucker, LLP · Grove Body ShoP · Advanced Depositions · North, Nash and Abendroth, LLP · Stricklands 

2014 MCMF Bowl-A-Rama Raffle and Silent Auction Donors/Bowler Challenge/Other Major Donors: Disneyland · Team Coco/Scott Cronick · Knott’s Berry Farm · Sea World San Diego · Linda Guyette · Ron and Bonnie Crowder · Carolyna Messina · Ralphs · BJ’s Restaurant · SAM’s Club · Stater Brothers · Hi-Time Wine Cellar · Japanese American National Museum · CBS Consumer Products/Marian Cordry · Ray and Regeania Menard · Sheila Chen · Dorothy Vaught · Bill and Judy Ann Morris · Donna Nettles · Tyler and Kimmy Reid

Mama’s on 39 Restaurant Fundraiser Income Tops $1,000 for First Time

On June 18, 2014, the MCMF held its annual restaurant fundraiser at the Mama’s on 39 restaurant in Huntington Beach, CA.  This event allowed family, friends and supporters of the MCMF to gather for lunch and/or dinner at this amazing restaurant, while the MCMF received 30% of all sales from those MCMF supporters who attended the event.

This year’s total MCMF income from the event was over $1200, an increase of 25% over similar income in 2013.

Thanks goes out to all who attended this event in support of the MCMF, and to Pete Truxow, Manager and Founder of Mama’s on 39, and his wonderful staff for their continuing support of the MCMF and its efforts to help AYAs with cancer. Everyone in attendance had a wonderful experience!

The MCMF Donates $5,000 in 2014 to Support the USC-Children’s Hospital of LA AYA Oncology Fellowship Program

The MCMF, in support of its mission to improve education to support treatment and cures for AYAs with cancer, made a donation of $5,000 in March 2014 to the USC-Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles (USC-CHLA) AYA Oncology Fellowship program. The MCMF made a similar donation to USC-CHLA in 2013 in support of its launching of this important AYA program.

The AYA Oncology Fellowship program at USC-CHLA, one of the first of its kind in the United States, will improve the treatment and healing of AYAs with cancer. This year’s MCMF donation continues critical support to this new and novel approach at USC-CHLA to addressing the AYA gap in both pediatric and adult oncology medical doctor training programs. 

The Matt's Mixed Tape Program Launches at Children's Hospital Los Angeles! 

On February 12, 2014, the MCMF launched the Matt's Mixed Tape Program at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. The Foundation is proud to partner with the Teen Impact Program at Children's Hospital Los Angeles and join in their efforts to help improve the quality of life of adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer patients.

A special "Thanks" goes out to the Teen Impact Program at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, to our very generous donors, and to all of our participating artists for their help in making the Matt's Mixed Tape Program a reality that will help so many AYA cancer patients. Thank you also to our friends at mac-fusion for all of their help and support on the Program.

The The MCMF Donates $5,000 to USC-Children’s Hospital of LA 
in Support of AYA Oncology Fellowship

There exists a current national need to provide education, training and communication to improve awareness, prevention, access, and quality of cancer care to AYA’s.* In response to this need, the MCMF is very pleased to announce that it recently made a donation of $5,000 to the new USC-Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles AYA Oncology Fellowship program, which is a novel approach to addressing the AYA gap in both pediatric and adult oncology medical doctor training programs. The MCMF believes that this program will help provide medical doctors who will be experts in the field of AYA oncology and who will improve the treatment and healing of AYA’s with cancer.

* NCI and Lance Armstrong Foundation AYA Progress Review Group, Publication No. 06-6067, August 2006. 

The MCMF Launches the Matt’s Mixed Tape Program

February 14th, 2013 was a big day for the MCMF. Not only was it Valentine's Day and Matt's Birthday, but the foundation also officially launched the Matt's Mixed Tape program by delivering 60 iPod Nanos filled with music donated by incredible artists to the UCLA Daltrey/Townshend Teen and Young Adult Cancer Program. To make the Matt's Mixed Tape program launch extra special, the MCMF's friends, The 88, performed a few songs as well. Thank you so much to the donors and to the artists who are making the Matt's Mixed Tape program possible!