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We Are On A Mission... Matthew's Mission
We Are On A Mission... Matthew's Mission

This story is about the love a person with Down syndrome can leave behind and continue to be shared with others. Three years ago, our lives changed in a way we could never imagine. On our family vacation in Avalon, NJ on August 19, 2010 our brother Matthew James Newell died in his sleep of a seizure. Matthew, 24 years old of Scranton, PA had just been diagnosed with seizures, something very treatable. Our beauiful brother, the youngest of five children to Harold & Judy Newell was the light of the family. He truly was a gift and yes he had Down syndrome, but we were the special ones for having him in our life for a wonderful 24 years. Christmas was Matthew's favorite time of year so in December 2010 our family kicked off a foundation called Matthew's Mission with our first annual breakfast with Santa. Over 500 people attended. It has become a family tradition here in Scranton, PA with over 900 people attending this year. All proceeds from our events are then donated to those with special needs. Matthew showed our family the true meaning of love and what better way to share that love than with others during the holiday season? It is amazing to see how the community comes together and shares in Matthew's love especially during the holiday season. He continues to live on and continues to help those with special needs - it is as amazing as he was. We are on a mission... Mattthew's Mission!




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mariann moran, United States, PA
1/4/2013 10:31:31 AM
I didnot know Michael and donot know his family, but attended a Matthews Mission fundraiser last year and think it is a great tribute by his family in his memory...

Julie Anslow, United Kingdom,
1/4/2013 9:47:02 AM
Matthews Mission has really touched me, from my first time of finding it, I kept being drawn back to read more, the Newell family have turned something devastating into a real positive. They are amazing, and they share so much more than Matthews Mission with the world , they share Matthews life through their writings. They are life's good guys

mARIA SVETOVICH, United States, PA
1/4/2013 8:03:03 AM
True love!

Jeanine Capman, United States, PA
1/3/2013 5:05:28 PM
I grew up with Matthew & his family!! Great family & Matthew had a smile on his face always!! Enjoyed his life to the fullest !! God Bless !!

Erin Valvano, United States, PA
1/3/2013 4:54:57 PM
What a great family, their brother is greatly missed.

maggie pallas, United Kingdom,
1/3/2013 4:39:46 PM
Matthews Mission brings tears of joy seeing how many lives it has changed i feel so honoured to be able to share the Newell's story with them.when i read the story about Matthew it makes me smile what a amazing person he was and how his his family have carried on with his such a amazing mission xx

Luann Henehan Lord, United States, PA
1/3/2013 4:28:57 PM
I felt honored to know Matthew ... everything that is said in the story above is true but there was so much more. Matthew was the most genuine person I have ever met in my life ... he was loved by all who knew him. He is greatly missed.

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