The Chicago Tribune has chronicled Matthew Erickson’s incredible journey since his birth with an extremely rare and usually fatal form of brain cancer.
Over the past five and a half years, the paper has kept up with Matthew and his family as they have celebrated many unexpected milestones. The remarkable student has inspired individuals throughout the country with his positivity and spirit. He now brings that joy with him to the classroom of Bonnie Smith at Chesak Elementary School, where he began kindergarten this year.
“We see a miracle, not just in his life but through a new thing he learns every single day,” said his mother, Sue Erickson.
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