Matthew Lipp vs Encephalitis

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This fundraiser ended on 11/03/13

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Join our fundraising efforts to support 16 year-old Matthew Lipp & his family as he battles severe encephalitis.

When the first seizure came in January 2013, Matthew Lipp's life changed dramatically.

As the seizures continued, doctors worked to diagnose him. They found that Matt had a severe case of viral encephalitis - his body was attacking his brain in an effort to fight the virus.

As Matt's family pored over test results, he fell into a medically-induced coma. When he awoke, Matt had missed his 16th birthday.

Heavy medication helped ease his symptoms, but the encephalitis and meds had caused further problems: Matt suffered from occasional seizures, memory loss, fits of tremors, loss of weight and muscle control, and depression.

Since then, Matt has returned home and undergone difficult physical therapy, but there is still a long road ahead. Recovering from encephalitis takes more than a year, and it will likely cost Matt his entire junior year of high school.

Through it all, Matt's faith in Jesus has remained strong. He always has a smile and encouraging word for everyone, from his family to his nurses. Despite the rough days of therapy and strong medication, Matt's positive attitude has touched so many, and inspired the #Lippstrong movement.

Right now, Matt's parents are working to get him admitted to Children's Hospital Orange County for 24/7 care and more extensive testing. While it will give Matt specialized treatment, the costs are mounting.

In honor of Matt's brave fight against this unpredictable illness, a fundraising team is pledging to play video games for 25 hours straight on November 2nd & 3rd, to raise donations for Matt's medical expenses. $1 per hour of gaming - or $25 - is the standard donation, but any amount would be much appreciated.

Through GiveForward, we have a chance to bless the Lipp family as Matt continues his fight. We can help Matt get back to school, back to playing baseball, and back to full health. Thank you all for your continued support!

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