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A View from the Street: Homeless Poetry Paperback – December 1, 2011
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Matt has been homeless for much of his adult life in Portland, Los Angeles and Seattle. He has lived in a tent in Seattle’s Tent City 3 for the past three until he recently was offered a subsidized apartment. Matt has battled basal cell nevus syndrome, a genetic form of cancer passed down for six generations, since he was just two years old. In addition, he has fought 11 types of cancer over 44 years, four brain tumors, twice with lymphoma and bone cancer and all three types of skin cancers. Matt has had over 1708 operations. Not only has Matt fought cancer, horrendous pain and homelessness, he has also endured unfathomable discrimination. Because of the extensive scaring Matt has on his face, Matt lives with stares, dirty looks and hurtful comments. Despite all he has gone through, friends who take the time to get to know Matt have found him to be the kindest, gentlest, most thoughtful person they have ever met. In 2011, Matt had the opportunity to share his journey as a Special Guest at the Invisible Disabilities Association’s Honor Awards Banquet. Attendees were amazed by Matt’s story and deeply inspired by his perseverance and courage. There wasn’t a dry eye in the room when Matt spoke and as he stepped off the stage, people rose to their feet with applause. Also in 2011, a Seattle freelance photographer, Ilona Berzups, chose to feature Matt in her photo essay titled, “Walking with Giant.” Matt’s life, perseverance and courage are an inspiration to all. Read Matt's Blog at: www.AViewFromTheStreet.com
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