Matthew Heare is your typical 8 year old boy. He loves to play outside and catch frogs, build lego’s, and tease his younger sister. In March of 2010 Matthew was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a form of blood cancer. His childhood would be drastically changed forever. This happy playful six year old would soon be faced with adult worries.
Matthew was thrust into a world that was unlike any one could imagine. He faced long days in the hospital, painful procedures, and the nasty side effects of chemotherapy. But through his journey he continues to remain optimistic and and a rock to all who meet him. His experiences are forming the man he is to become.
Matthew has a very kind soul and enjoys helping others. He has been witness to so many struggles that other children face unique to their own cancers. This experience has inspired him and the people around him to form a foundation to assist these children – the Racing For Hope Foundation. Matthew has made many friends in the racing community around his Virginia based home tracks. These tracks, drivers and teams are now supporting the foundation, raising funds and awareness and hosting children and families at race events. It is Matthew’s wish that many other racers across the country will join him and the foundation – giving help and hope to many more children and families dealing with pediatric cancer. Working hard together to win the race against this disease.
There is no greater service than to help another in need. How amazing is it that an 8 year old boy can inspire and move so many others. What a true hero!