In December 2012 we gave a Kiss of HOPE to 1 year old Matthew Erickson who was born with brain cancer.

CKMC had been closely following the Erickson family since Matthew’s diagnosis, through updates from the family on Facebook. Cinnamon Kettner, Vice President, reached out to the Erickson family when she discovered they were planning their son’s 1st birthday celebration. After speaking with Matthew’s mother, it was an easy decision for CKMC to help facilitate a 1st birthday party deserving of this superhero.

Nearly 200 of Matthew’s closest friends, family, and followers enjoyed an Italian buffet and a star studded lineup. There were magicians, a clown, and face painters that kept the children in attendance entertained. Wonderful balloon sculptures of candy canes and a toy soldier lit up the party room. Even Santa and his elf made an appearance. And, in keeping with Matthew’s superhero theme, the party was complete with a visit from Captain America, Batman, and Spiderman. Matthew’s 1st Birthday was a wonderful milestone, and CKMC was blessed to help the Erickson’s in creating some great memories.

While attending the celebration, Cinnamon Kettner shared her thoughts on the day. “That was so cool! It all happened so fast! But with a lot of help, once again, cancer kiss my cooley has pulled off something pretty awesome! How lucky are we, that we have the means to put these smiles on all of these faces! God Bless baby Matthew!”

You can learn more about Matthew’s story by visiting his facebook by clicking here.