I AM STRONG.
I AM MATT.
Every child should be able to swim, bike and run until they're 70, not 7.
During a short remission, a close family friend, Kirsten Kincade, decided to support the foundation by competing in the 2007 Hawaii Ironman World Championship (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, 26.2 mile run) in honor of Matthew.
This gave way to the concept of "IronMatt."
He was strong, he was fearless and he was determined to cross the most famous finish line
in sport with Kirsten.
In 2002 when Matthew Larson was 2 1/2 years old he was diagnosed with choroid plexus carcinoma, a rare type of brain cancer. After nine months in the hospital, with several invasive surgeries, intense chemotherapy, and radiation, Matthew was disease-free. In 2006, he had his first recurrence. A second round of treatments led Matthew's mother Kelly, to create a foundation in his name. She wanted to help raise the awareness and funds needed to overcome pediatric brain tumors and to help the children and families affected by it.
During a short remission, a close family friend, Kirsten Kincade, decided to support the foundation by competing in the 2007 Hawaii Ironman World Championship (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, 26.2 mile run) in honor of Matthew. This gave way to the concept of "IronMatt." He was strong, he was fearless and he was determined to cross the most famous finish line in sport with Kirsten. Matt did have one warning for her, "I can run very fast you know!"
Matthew did not make it to that finish line as he lost his five-year battle with brain and spinal cancer in April 2007.
During these difficult years, the Larson’s were blessed with an incredible team of doctors and nurses as well as friends, family, and a community who were there for them every step of the way. They envisioned how much more difficult the journey would be for those families without such amazing resources and the support they were so fortunate to experience. They often spoke about not only spreading awareness, but also how they wished they understood more about this terrible disease and how to cure it. So, they decided to take their own frustrations, fears, and most importantly hope for an eventual cure, and launch the Matthew Larson Foundation for Pediatric Brain Tumors
Hopefully Matthew's story along with your support and contributions will enable our foundation to help other families facing this crisis and to fund the crucial medical research needed to find a cure. We appreciate your interest and we hope that you will join us in our fight to end this terrible disease.
About Kirsten | IronMan for IronMatt
Kirsten has completed 6 Hawaii Ironman World Championships having qualified for them at the half ironman distance with winning performances. Her best finish in Hawaii for the 2.4 mi swim, 112 mile bike, and 26.2 mile run was 7th in her age group and 4th American. She has also placed 5th in her age group at the short course world championships, a distance which she loves to compete in as well. She is a two time Inside Triathlon All American and has been a USAT All American since she began competing in 2001.