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Matt Smith has accumulated some significant medical bills in his fight against cancer. Please help donate to cover the extensive cost.

Matt Smith, a twenty-eight-year-old resident of Carpinteria and current Paramedic-Firefighter from the Escondido Fire Department in San Diego, was involved in a serious vehicle accident on June 7th 2010 in Baja Mexico. Rushed to the hospital after a grueling wait, Matt underwent major surgery to repair a ruptured bowel. During that operation the doctors discovered an unrelated cancerous tumor in his lung. Three months later, Matt was rushed to the hospital with chest pain where doctors discovered a dangerous accumulation of fluid around his heart. After close reviews of his condition, it was determined that the cancerous growth could potentially spread. On the 22nd of November Matt underwent a serious surgery in Boston to remove the tumor. He was only the seventh patient to undergo this complicated surgery performed by a group of world-renowned medical specialists.

Firefighter, surfer, pro-mountain biker, and all-around athlete, Matt is one of the kindest and strongest people that I have had the pleasure to know. Yet he has a long road to recovery ahead of him. Fortunately he has loving friends and family by his side. One of these people, his wife Jenn, is currently pregnant with their first child.

As one might imagine, Matt has accumulated some serious bills due to these medical misfortunes. Please donate to the Matt Smith Fundraiser and help this Firefighter and expectant father to get through these exceptionally difficult times. Your support is greatly appreciated.

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