ALBANY, N.Y. - A local 3-year-old boy who is suffering from an aggressive cancer of the brain and spine has received tremendous support from the community, as people have come together to help accomplish a mission to save his life by getting him to Memphis, TN.
3-year-old Matthew Blake had been diagnosed with Medullo Blastoma three weeks ago. In only three weeks, he had gone from a healthy boy to the critical need to get to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital in Memphis for treatment of a brain tumor.
The Blake family, from Queensbury, got the news that St. Jude's was going to donate a medical flight to get Matthew to the hospital. Matthew and his father left from Albany International Airport Tuesday, and his mother was following on a commercial flight. Matthew had to take a special medical plane, because of his IV's and stretcher.
An effort on Facebook has helped raise money for Matthew's family, and has even helped him search for a pilot and a plane to get to Memphis.
"It is just amazing everybody who we didn't know offering to help our son. It's unbelievable, we have so many people offering their services. You just wouldn't expect that. Three weeks ago today we had a healthy boy, to one who is fighting for his life, and this is the only opportunity he had," Matthew's mother, Rachel Blake says.
With chemotherapy and radiation treatment, Matthew now has 60%-80% chance to live.
News10 will continue to give updates on how Matthew is doing throughout his treatment.
To visit the Facebook page, to find out how to donate to Matthew, click here.