Mathew’s Hope helps families dealing with childhood cancer

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After brain cancer caused the death of his baby brother, a Sylvania contractor decided to give back to area kids also battling cancer.

Mathew’s Hope got its first project underway Monday. The fund is named for Mathew, Mike Barney’s baby brother.


Vinny is a tough 11-year-old. He’s undergone five brain surgeries for a benign brain tumor. Now his family is getting a gift to ease financial burden: $14,000 in new windows.

“That hit me hard. I didn’t know what to say. Thanks is not enough,” Alex Avalos said.

Vinny’s dad, Alex Avalos, is finally getting some good news, after years of hospital visits.

“He had to go back in and have other surgeries where they put in a shunt,” Alex said of his son’s repeated trips to Mott Hospital.

“Now he’s got to deal with that the rest of his life, essentially,” Alex added.

After returning home from Legoland with Vinny and his wife just hours ago, they got all new windows … for free!

“The cost of doing anything, really, is astronomical. And Mike was able to step up,” Alex said.

Mike owns Exterior Qualities Home Improvements. He lost his 29-year-old brother Mathew to brain cancer a couple of years ago. Now Mathew’s Hope giving back to kids who also have cancer.

“I thought it was a great way, to not only help the community, but provide some therapy for me as well,” Barney said.

These special windows won’t just save on the family power bill.

“If there was an immune issue, sealing the windows is going to help benefit that,” Barney said.

They’ll use a portion of every window project to fund Mathew’s Hope. If you would like to donate, there are several options. Plus…

“It is 501c. It is tax deductible.”

After four years of expensive surgery, MRIs, and lost sleep, mom and dad are getting much-needed support, from both Mike – and Vinny.

“He’s incredibly strong for an 11-year-old, or really for anyone.”


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