Albany Medical Center, Pediatric Oncology
While completing his BSN program at Russell Sage College, Matt was on the national honor society and represented the college at the national convention. He received his BSN from Russell Sage in 2012 and is currently attending graduate school through SUNY Stony Brook to achieve his Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Degree.
As an RN, Matt is highly respected by his superiors and colleagues. Matt recently joined the committee to sponsor a fund-raising Gala for the New York State Foundation for Nurses. He is also going to be Master of Ceremony for the Foundation’s Gala on Oct. 15, 2016.
Matt went beyond his daily duties of the clinic to help me as I went through treatments for lymphoma. My body became weak, and the weaker I got the less active I was. My feet began to fail as neuropathy set in. Matt saw my struggle and, as an avid cross fit trainer, he invited me to a one-on-one session with him one evening. He pushed me and pushed me: one more sit up, one more push up. One session became two, and five sessions became 10. All on Matt’s personal time. I became motivated during a very dark time. I gained strength, both physically and mentally, during a time where my mind and body were trying to shut me down.
Matt understood that the act of being a caregiver sometimes needs to occur outside of normal working hours, and he was fine with that. I owe Matt my life. I truly mean that — and not only because he saw the early warning signs of me having an allergic reaction to chemotherapy, but because he helped me regain me... not only who I was prior to the cancer, prior to the medicine, and prior to the weakness, both mental and physical.
It is people like Matt that truly make a difference in people's lives. He is the difference between good care and great care.
Matt works in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at the Melodies Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at Albany Medical Center, where he treats and helps brings smiles to children faces. Outside the hospital he is involved with the CrossFit Community by being one of the biggest promoters of charity/fund-raising events throughout the capital region for CrossFit gyms.
He has been involved with numerous charitable organizations including Maddie’s Mark Foundation, March of Dimes, Nick’s Fight to be Healed, Chase the Cure, Amazing Abby and others. He is also currently serving on the NYS Center for Nursing’s Gala Committee for their 2016 Nightingale Gala and is expecting his first child in July.
You might also remember Matt from the viral YouTube video that received national attention last year. Fulfilling the wish of one of his young cancer patients who wanted to wed her favorite nurse and “man of her dreams,” Matt “married” the four-year-old girl in a special wedding ceremony at Albany Med. The video touched the hearts of people all over world, receiving more than 1.3 million views.