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Matthew | Mitochondrial Disease | New York

{Mighty} Matthew is 8 years old and loves dancing, doing headstands, and is quite the jokester. From the beginning, this little man has been a fighter. Even before his diagnosis, he spent a lot of time in the hospital battling many different complications. Finally, after many years of tests, Matthew’s mommy and daddy were told their son has Mitochondrial Disease Complex l & lll. Although he has had a rough road, Matthew remains optimistic and makes the best of every situation. Matthew, we cannot wait to see what the future holds for you.

We cannot wait to see what amazing things you will accomplish. Never forget that the Tiny Sparrow Foundation is cheering for you.

We extend heartfelt thanks to Esther of Esther Mathieu Photography for her gift to our Foundation and Matthew’s family from behind her lens.




Sparrow in the Spotlight

We are thrilled to share our very first Sparrow Spotlight with the TSF Community. Matthew answered a few questions for us and we are excited for you to get to know one of our heroes of {hope}.

Tell us a little bit about yourself: My name is Matthew. I love to read and play on the iPad.

What was your favorite part of your photo session with TSF? My favorite part was when I was looking through a window and spying on a man working on his computer at the hospital. It was funny.

Who is your favorite Superhero and Why? Well, I have two. First is me. I am also Mighty Matthew. I have a lot of cool powers that help people who have Mito. I take energy from bad guys and give it to people who need it . And Second, X-23. She has two blades on each hand and one on each of her feet. She fights criminals and is fast and does tricks.

If you could be an animal, what animal would you be and why? A monkey because I like climbing and  I like bananas when I could eat.

If you could have had anyone in the world join your photo session, who would that special person be? My friend Lily. She is funny and I really like her.

What was the best book you have read most recently? Percy Jackson and the battle of the labyrinth.

Most favorite place you have traveled? Why is it your favorite? Disney and Give Kids The World. It was really fun and so many cool things to do.

If you could learn how to do something new next week, what would you choose? Why? Ride a bike because it would be awesome.

If you could spend your time doing only one activity, what would that activity be? Why? Dancing. I wish I could dance all day.
What is the most awesome thing you’ve ever seen? What made it so awesome? Vans Warped tour this summer. I met cool bands and was onstage. I also got cool drumsticks and guitar picks.

What is your happiest memory? Dancing with the Glengarry Bhoys.

Why do you like being a kid? I am small and can sneak around and fit in small places.

One word to describe you would be _______Awesome

What is your favorite thing to do with your friends? Create things out of paper, and draw.

What do you love most about your siblings? They help me learn new things.What do you like to do for fun? Play video games, read and dance.


prayers and love and healing to this special little guy


Beautiful pictures of a very courageous young man!

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