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My name is Matt Ferguson, I am a Sophomore at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona. I am majoring in Business Management and Economics and am a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. In 2012 I graduated Liberty High School in Hillsboro, Oregon where I was a member of student government and multiple athletic teams.

     In August of 2008 my Mom went in for her annual mammogram. Six hours later our family received the bad news that she probably had breast cancer. That diagnosis was confirmed a couple of weeks later and our family began the journey of living with breast cancer.

During the time that my Mom received treatment at Compass Oncology I made fleece lap blankets for others that were receiving treatment. It meant a lot to me when I heard from people that enjoyed the blankets. Each time that my Mom went for treatment she would take a bag of comfort things with her. It made her time sitting in the chemo chair more comfortable. One day when I visited my mom, I noticed some of the patients arrived for their treatment alone with no support from family. When I saw that, I vowed to make a difference in their lives.

I created “Matt’s Chemo Bags” to give women undergoing cancer treatment a bag of comfort on their first day of chemotherapy. I hope that the comfort items in these bag help to make women  more comfortable during this anxious time in their lives.

My Mom received awesome care and our family is happy to say she is recovering well. This is my way of Paying it Forward for all of the wonderful care my Mom received.

I wish you well on your journey with cancer,

Matt Ferguson