Inspiration, perseverance, and sheer will power are values that athletes live by.
Matt Cook lived these values every day, somehow finding the courage to keep fighting long after the doctors told him the fight was over.
Matt Cook was more than just a junior hockey player who lost his leg to the rare form of cancer that also took Canadian legend Terry Fox. Matt was more than just a kid who went through countless surgeries and chemotherapy to eventually fulfill his dream of playing with Canada’s national sledge hockey team.
Matt Cook was a fighter.
Just before Matt was to head to the Paralympic Games in Vancouver, the doctors gave him the news that the cancer had moved into his lungs. His dream of participating in the games was over.
His death on Sunday, April 4th, 2010 was not an ending to the Matt Cook story. When he was too weak to play for Team Canada, Matt gathered up his courage and started a new fight and set a new goal.
The Matt Cook Charitable Foundation will carry out Matt’s mission to raise awareness and funding to support the fight against rare cancers. In honour of Matt, our son and our brother, please take a few moments to learn about this remarkable young man who simply refused to stop fighting. With your support, we can help Matt realize his last and greatest dream. Together we can make a difference.
Now that’s something worth fighting for.
The Cook Family