Wrestling fans gathered at the Macon Coliseum on Saturday to watch a live show of the WWE Raw World Tour. One of them was supposed to be Mathew Majka, of Bonaire.
But plans for a pizza party and limo ride to the show to celebrate his 13th birthday, which was Monday, were canceled when Mathew developed complications from his illness. When Mathew was 9, he developed cancer in his pineal gland that spread throughout his body.
He can no longer walk and uses a wheelchair. He battled the cancer for three and half years until he decided to end treatment two months ago. Throughout his ordeal he has always remained hopeful.
His positive outlook is great. Its top notch. Hes really mature for his age, said Rufus L. Harrell III, a registered nurse who has been caring for Mathew for the past month. Harrell said Mathew wanted to stop treatment because he had enough of the grueling process and just wanted to be happy.
His hospice program, Hospice Care Options of Macon and Warner Robins, got four tickets to the WWE show and arranged the limo ride and pizza party for Mathew, whose favorite wrestlers are Kane and the Undertaker.
When Harrell found out about the WWE event, I was yelling and jumping around and everything. Hes big into wrestling. It was great that the hospice provided that for him. Its like a last hurrah.
Despite the illness, Mathew has made an impact on many peoples lives.
Even though hes been facing this, hes always this bright sunshine, said his stepmother, Sharla Majka. Whenever I need it, hes always there to pick me up. Come on Shar, its not that bad. It will be fine. Hes the brightest child I ever met.
Mathew had aspirations to be an airman and fly planes.
At age 4 he was able to discuss computers with his grandfather. By age 6 he was reading the Harry Potter book series.
Instead of needing encouragement, he offers it to others. His stepmother recalls a story of what he did for a friend who was going through a rough time.
He took a rose, (and) cut it down. Took a saying from Dragonheart and he presented it to her and said, Half my heart to make you whole, its strength to purify your weakness.
When it comes to his illness, Harrell said Mathew is very quiet.
He does not let it show if hes in pain. Hes very mature for his age. He knows whats going on. Hes quiet about the illness but other than that hes very talkative.
Even though he has something that cant be fixed, he still wants to be treated like a 12- or 13-year-old kid. You can still live a life to the fullest, even if you have something that cant be fixed.
Mathew asks that he be kept in prayer. Words of encouragement can be sent to P.O. Box 878, Bonaire, GA 31005.
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