By Linda White
Store shelves are brimming with Halloween decorations, costumes, and tasty treats to fuel the ghosts, goblins, and monsters who will be making their way to your doorbell with shouts of “Trick or Treat.”
Have you noticed the brightly colored orange and yellow signs throughout Bedford announcing Matty’s First Annual Monster Dash? Are you familiar with the monster dash concept, or have you ever “dashed?”
Matty’s Monster Dash is the perfect combination of Matty Langone’s favorite holiday and joy in selecting his Halloween costume, his mom’s love of running, and his family’s wish to both celebrate his memory and fulfill their compelling desire to help other families who are also faced with a diagnosis of neuroblastoma and other childhood cancers.
At 9 am on Saturday, October 29 runners and walkers of all ages, some in costume, will “dash” their way through Bedford’s neighborhoods on a 5K/Walk or 10K course that begins and ends at Davis School for a fun, family friendly activity and to raise funding for the Friends for Matty Foundation, Inc.
Registration information and forms are available online at https://friendsformatty.org/race.aspx and the Friends for Matty Facebook page. To avoid the last minute Saturday registration rush, you are encouraged to take advantage of early registration and number pick up from 3 to 7 pm on Friday, October 28 at the b.good restaurant located in the Bedford Marketplace, 168 Great Road.
About the Friends for Matty Foundation
Matthew Langone was diagnosed in January 2009 at the age of four with Stage IV neuroblastoma, a pediatric cancer that attacked both his adrenal glands and lungs. Matty’s treatment was extensive and exhaustive. The bright-eyed towhead who loved all things Disney, basketball, and SpongeBob died September 22, 2009.
Matty’s parents, Tina and Phil Langone, know first-hand the demands as well as the financial and emotional challenges that accompany a life changing diagnosis. Their mission is clear and their energy is boundless in supporting families who benefit from the foundation’s assistance for uncovered medical expenses, bills, and parking at various treatment centers. They are very grateful and appreciative of the Bedford community for all the support they have received and the active participation in their fund raising efforts such as the Gold Ribbon Gala, Matty’s Lemonade Stand, and hand crafted jewelry sales.
Friends for Matty Foundation, Inc. is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization. The foundation is totally volunteer run with 100 percent of funds distributed to support families in need and cancer research facilities at Dana Farber/Jimmy Fund Clinic and Children’s Hospital of Boston. To date, more than $200,000 has been raised.