Matthew is 12 years old. He is just finishing 6th grade... his first year of middle school is just about complete. He is a great student who does extremely well in school. He is well-liked by teachers and students. He loves baseball, tae-kwon-do, diving, and computers. He comes up with great ideas for family trips and loves spending time with family (if we could only get him to stop fighting with his sister we would be all set : ) ). Starting in March of 2007 until February of 2008 Matthew was not feeling well. He went through many tests and finally in February of 2008 Matthew was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. He takes many pills each and every day and by the fall of 2008 Matthew was starting to feel better. He is now still taking many pills each day but he is doing great... plenty of energy and looking and feeling great. Matthew is the light of our lives and we love just having him HERE. It will be a busy year for him as he is studying and preparing for his Bar Mitzvah in December of 2009.