Shine Gold – Bringing Awareness to Pediatric Cancer – Today’s Spotlight is on Matthew Foster

September 3, 2019

Written By

Mary Friona Celani

Matthew Foster was just shy of 18 when, his family says, God called him back home. That was in January of 1999. Matthew was the fifth child in a family that would grow to a total of 8. Matthew was diagnosed with cancer just before Christmas in 1996. He put up a terrific fight in his 25 month battle with this terrible disease. Matthew was a blessing and his family continues to hold his memory close to them.

His family created a foundation in his name and memory. The Matthew Foster Foundation works closely with Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Essential Care, Women and Children’s Hospital, and other local organizations. Burt Foster tells me that since the foundation was established in 1999, in his son’s honor, they’ve raised more than ONE MILLION DOLLRS and have provided assistance to hundreds of Western New York families battling this dreadful disease. Matthew deserved more than four.

There are many others we’ve lost and many more who continue to fight. Strong, brave, beautiful children who are missing out on their childhood because of this monster that is cancer. Kids get cancer, too.

You can help, too. By sharing stories and donating time and money to charities that help children and their families. There are many to choose from – here are a few.

The Matthew Foster Foundation


Special Spaces Buffalo.

Courage of Carly Fund.

Kaely’s Kindness Foundation.

Make-A-Wish WNY

Totally Buffalo’s Hope for the Holidays

Reach out to your elected leaders and tell them we want change. Tell them our kids are worth it. Tell them to stop wasting money on nonsense in our government – and put that money to the best possible use; the future of this great country. The children who will lead the way – who we need to lead the way.


About Me

Welcome to Totally Buffalo! My name is Mary Friona-Celani and I am the creator of this site! After spending 20 years in the Buffalo media, I moved on to focus on my beautiful family. Now, the time has come for a new project. I was ready for something new. Something mine.
I am born and raised in WNY and my pride runs deep. My husband, Scott and I are very happy to be raising our four daughters here.






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