Small Child, Big Heart: How Matthew Jacko Found Comfort and Shared It

Dec 20, 2013

Matthew Jacko with his sister Jocelyn
Credit Debbi Casini Klein

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Matthew Jacko was your typical 7-year-old, going to school, playing baseball, living life, until one day about a year and half ago, he and his family received the devastating news: Matthew had an inoperable brain tumor.

Through chemotherapy, myriad hospital visits and now hospice care, Matthew has sought the comfort of a big stuffed monkey that was kindly given to him by Lisa Donnelly, an Avon representative who was selling them as a fundraiser.

Matthew wanted to spread the joy he received having that cuddly monkey, so he told his family he wanted to make sure every child at Children’s Hospital could have one too.