Picture Stories: Matthew Starring
This is a documentary project about Matthew Starring's battle with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. He was first diagnosed in January of 2007 and then went into remission in May of that year after receiving chemotherapy treatments. He relapsed in April of 2008 and received a bone marrow and stem cell transplant from his then 15-year-old sister on July 31, the day he was supposed to ride with his father in the Pan-Mass Challenge, a charity bike ride benefting the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. After the transplant, he was in remission for eight months when we relapsed again in March of 2009. After another eight months of extreme ups and downs between rigorous procedures and treatments, Matthew and his family decided to stop treating his leukemia. He spent his last two weeks at his home in Barrington, R.I. surrounded by family and friends. He died on Sunday, November 8, 2009.
Please visit the multimedia section of this site to see audio slideshows about his fight.