Matt Brown was paralyzed in a high school hockey game in January of 2010. The moment he crashed head first into the boards at Pilgrim Arena in Hingham his life changed in a huge way. Matt was rushed to South Shore Hospital before being transported to Boston Children's Hospital where doctors assessed, stabilized and began his lengthy recovery.
The town of Norwood, the state of Massachusetts, the country and the world adopted Matt as one of their own through cards, letters, posts and gifts. The hockey community especially responded to Matt in a way only understand by that very special fraternity. Matt received memorabilia from some of the games greats including Patrice Bergeron, Wayne Gretzky, Ray Bourque, Jack Parker and more.
Matt never let his confidence waver despite facing some tremendous personal and physical challenges. His Never Quit attitude has allowed him to finish high school, enter and graduate from college, become a well respected motivational speaker and all in all become an inspiration to all who have ever met this remarkable young man.
His goal is to keep on working physically, emotionally and mentally until the day he is able to gain full mobility and once that happens his first task at hand is to give a well-deserved hug to his Mom, his Dad and his sister.
The Kickstarter campaign has been created in order to turn Matt's story into a hard cover book, called "Line Change" to be published in the fall of 2018 by Mascot Books of Herndon VA. With the help of author Todd Civin, Matt has worked diligently over the past three years to retell his many stories in this much anticipated book.
With a foreword written by former NHL defense man Andrew Ference, Matt's book has been endorsed by 1980 Olympic hockey hero Mike Eruzione, NFL Hall of Famer Karl Mecklenburg, inspirational father and marathon runner Dick Hoyt, former Bruins defenseman Tim Sweeney, former Bruins goaltenders Cleon Daskalakis and Andrew Racroft and Boston Marathon race director Dave McGillivray.
Your donation will help Matt offset the costs of the book and allow him to bring his inspirational story out of the rink and to the rest of the world. Our goal is substantially higher than the $5000 we have noted, but with Kickstarter the campaign is all or nothing so we opted for a lower goal and hope to exceed it with ease. We thank you for your generous contributions and look forward to seeing you at his official launch of "Line Change" in March of 2019.
Risks and challenges
With any fundraiser of this sort there is a risk we won't achieve our goal at which point, you get your money back but don't have a Christmas gift. We are moving forward with the project whether or not we raise the funds. The kickstarter campaign is simply an opportunity to pre-sell and offset some of the publishing costs associated with the project. So if by some chance we don't make it we will advise all those who donated and get you your book regardless!! No risk? I'd say so.
Our goal is substantially higher than the $5000 we have noted, but with Kickstarter the campaign is all or nothing so we opted for a lower goal and hope to exceed it with ease.
We thank you for your generous contributions and look forward to seeing you at his official launch of "Line Change" in March of 2019.