Update to 'Cancer didn't stop him' (see below)
I asked Matt's father how Matt is doing. Here are excerpts from his reply: Matt had his last chemotherapy three years ago. He has remained in remission. In two more years he will return to the normal risk pool for cancer. He is a junior at nursing school. He will graduate with a B. A. in nursing in May 2010. He is engaged to the only girlfriend he has ever had, whom he met in 8th grade orchestra. They plan to wed December 2010. Here is a photo of Matt last weekend, home for Easter, celebrating his 21st birthday. Not quite the bald, pale, gaunt, red-rimmed eye fellow you knew three years ago, is he? Mr. Tarte, you played a large part in Matt's emergence as a student. Your caring, one-on-one teaching when he was so ill made a big difference in Matt's life. You and Mr. Wunderlich taught him that school is a good thing.