5-year-old writes own obituary before dying of cancer, includes final request for parents to find


Of all the terrible things that exist in the world, few are as heart-wrenchingly cruel as terminal illness in children.

Ryan and Emilie Matthias were forced to watch their 5-year-old son Garrett battle cancer for nine long months, and it steadily drained them of all their hope and resolve.

In spit of the fact Garrett had to deal with something no innocent child ever should, though, not once did he lose his brilliant sense of humor …
One of a kind
Garrett was certainly a one of a kind character. Not only did he keep his doctors and nurses laughing constantly, but his indomitable spirit was present until the very end.

When his parents, Ryan and Emelie, found out that his cancer was terminal, they wanted to discuss his last wishes with him. In a bid to alleviate any fears he had, they sat down and spoke at length with their son about death.


In a manner in-keeping with his character, Garrett handled it well. He even wrote his own obituary. It read:

“My name is: Garrett Michael Boofias
My birthday is: I am 5 years old
My address is: I am a Bulldog!
My favorite color is: Blue….and Red and Black and Green
My favorite superhero is: Batman…and Thor, Iron Man, the Hulk and Cyborg
When I grow up: I’m going to be a professional boxer
“My favorite people are:
• Mommy, Daddy, my sister ‘Delcina’ (Delphina),
• The grandparents with the new house (Fredric and Cheryl Krueger),
• The grandparents with the camper (Daniel and Nita Matthias),
• My cousins: Grady, ‘that guy I took down that one time’ (Luke), and London Marie,
• My Auntie Janette and Stinky Uncle Andy (Andrew and Janette Krueger),
• Those two guys, you know, my uncles (Kristopfer Krueger and James Taylor)
• Batman!!

“The things I love the most: Playing with my sister, my blue bunny, thrash metal, Legos, my daycare friends, Batman and when they put me to sleep before they access my port.

“Things I hate: Pants!, dirty stupid cancer, when they access my port, needles, and the monkey nose that smells like cherry farts…I do like the mint monkey nose like at Mayo Radiation and that one guy that helped me build Legos (Randy).


“When I die: I am going to be a gorilla and throw poo at Daddy!
“Burned or Buried: I want to be burned (like when Thor’s Mommy died) and made into a tree so I can live in it when I’m a gorilla

“Big or Small Funeral: Funerals are sad: I want 5 bouncy houses (because I’m 5), Batman, and snow cones.

“Emilie and Ryan Matthias will honor Garrett’s final wishes by having a Celebration of Life on Saturday, July 14th from 5pm – 11pm at 2377 132nd Ct Van Meter, Iowa

“Note: Symbolic Asgardian burial ceremony and fireworks will be held just after sunset
“A private burial of Garrett’s ashes will be held at a later time once his parents figure out how the hell to get his ashes made into a tree and locate a nature preserve, so his tree resides in a protected area.”

“When I die: I am going to be a gorilla and throw poo at Daddy!

“Burned or Buried: I want to be burned (like when Thor’s Mommy died) and made into a tree so I can live in it when I’m a gorilla


“Big or Small Funeral: Funerals are sad: I want 5 bouncy houses (because I’m 5), Batman, and snow cones.
“Emilie and Ryan Matthias will honor Garrett’s final wishes by having a Celebration of Life on Saturday, July 14th from 5pm – 11pm at 2377 132nd Ct Van Meter, Iowa

“Note: Symbolic Asgardian burial ceremony and fireworks will be held just after sunset

“A private burial of Garrett’s ashes will be held at a later time once his parents figure out how the hell to get his ashes made into a tree and locate a nature preserve, so his tree resides in a protected area.”

Final wishes
“Donations can be made directly to the family GoFundMe or in Garrett’s honor to a few of the many non-profits that helped Garrett along the way: The Little Al Foundation, The Pink Tractor Foundation, and the University of Iowa Dance Marathon.
“We are so grateful to the many doctors, nurses, child life specialists, musicians, art therapists, and volunteers that worked tirelessly to cure Garrett of his cancer. The reality for Garrett and so many other children is pediatric cancer is an ugly, nasty beast that leaves a path of destruction. For Garrett and many others before him – cancer kills. Those that are ‘lucky’ enough to survive endure long-term debilitating side effects and the constant fear of relapse. We will fight for a cure until no other kids are robbed of their childhood, no other siblings lose their best friends, and no other parents have to bury their babies.”

 

Ultimately, Garrett may have lost his battle with cancer, but despite his tender years he went out on his own terms and continues to inspire all those he left behind.

Only through talking openly about cancer, and constantly raising awareness, can we hope to beat this terrible disease once and for all.

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