The purpose of this blog is to keep family and friends updated with the most recent news on Matthew. It will also document his biggest trial to date and serve as a reminder of how many people love and support him, and how much the Lord loves him when he has beat this terrible disease.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Facebook Tributes

On Matthew's Facebook page there are a ton of thoughts posted by those who loved him. I didn't feel this blog would be complete without including their thoughts, so I've copied and pasted almost all of them.

"Hey everyone. I just wanted to remind you all that Matthew Peters is most definitely in a better place now. He is no longer in pain, and he is with our Father in Heaven, smiling down on us right now. I may not have been Matthew's best friend, but I genuinely appreciated him and the small friendship we did have. GHS, we are celebrating Matthew's life today. Please wear green to show your love, and don't forget to keep the Peters family in your prayers. We'll miss you, Matthew."

"Matthew, I've known you since elementary school. I've always admired how you always seemed to have a smile on your face and how you could make people laugh. I remember when we first started really talking freshman year when I sat at the same table as you. You were so funny and you always had that goofy amazing smile that brightened up everyone's day when I talked to you. We didn't talk a ton sophomore year and junior year except for a couple of times, and I really regret not making more of an effort to talk to you more. Your an amazing person Matthew and I know your looking down at all the people that love you from heaven and smiling."

"Remembering this fun night celebrating Nick's and Dylan's birthdays with Matt at Buffalo Wild Wings."

"Matthew, You were a great example of courage and strength for all those around you. You will be so missed and always treasured. Thanks for being such an awesome friend to my Cameron. I remember right when we moved here, he was in playing x-box, and I asked who he was playing with, it was you. A good friend right from the start. We know you are in a beautiful place, free from the pain of this world!!! Thanks for being in our lives, if only for a short time!"

"R.I.P Matthew you were strong and it's sad your gone, but you’re in heaven now. The best place you deserve to be."

"Rip Matthew Peters I'm so glad to have known you in English last year. It was a great time! I know I will see you again on the other side. You have inspired all of Gilbert High School to be better people by your great example. I'm so proud of how big of a fight you put up. And thank you for giving something for us Gilbert students to strive for. You will be missed."

"Matthew Peters, you were always a great kid and will always be a great kid. You were a great friend to my brother and a fantastic teammate to me. Even though we were never on the same team, training for what we enjoyed most in life was a team within itself. Always pushing one another to go past our limits. You have fought hard and bravely. Your courage will live through each and every one of us as we struggle to push ourselves past our limits. Thanks for being such a great guy. You will be missed. Rest in peace buddy. See you soon."

"Yesterday I lost a great friend.. His name was Matthew Peters, he was a brave, strong, truthful young man. Cancer eventually won the fight. Matt you are in a better place now.. I love you and we will see each other again one day."

"I am so blessed to have known Matt how I did... You were such a nice guy and you always had something funny to say. It sucks it had to happen like this but you're in a better place now. You're not suffering anymore and all the pain is gone... I wish I had the chance to visit you in the hospital before this happened... See you again Matt. We will miss you... prayers going out to the Peters family."

"I'm so grateful to have such amazing friends to help get me through today. I'm especially grateful to know that Matthew is up there watching over me and is right here with me. I still can't believe he's gone. I'm just so happy I know about God’s Plan of Happiness. I can't wait to see you again soon Matthew."

"Wow can't believe your gone Matthew Peters, It feels just like yesterday we were back in freshman year hanging out having fun in Mr. Dunn's class. I still remember our conversations about sports and video-games and just having a good laugh. You will never be forgotten because you were always that cool, fun guy to be around always making people’s day when they weren't feeling that great. Rest in Peace buddy."

"It was a blessing to get to know you and call you my friend. You'll really be missed."

"Although I didn't know you as well as I wish, I know you were a great person. My favorite memory is my birthday party freshman year. I still have the bracelet you made me, and I will never forget that day. You were so sweet, and that's something I will never forget. Its great the atmosphere you create, and that is noticed by everyone. Rest in peace Matthew Peters, you will forever be remembered."

"Never have I been so encouraged by a family’s strength, love, and togetherness through a trial. What an incredible blessing to meet all of you. Matthew Peters was a great kid, great friend to all and a joy to have visit.... He will be missed and we pray God will grant peace to the family."

"Matthew Peters was an amazing person and an awesome friend. He was such a huge inspiration to our entire team and to so many others. He will be missed incredibly by many. We are praying for the Peters family."

"There is no such thing as death but the beginning of new life. When spirits leave their bodies here on the earth, they are on their way to a better life with their Father in Heaven. Free from the physical strife that their tangible bodies have suffered. You were a strong warrior, my friend, and now your battle is over. Enjoy your much deserved rest for there is work to do in God's kingdom. My prayers are with your family and may you rest in peace, brother. I look forward to seeing you again."

"I didn't know you very well, but I have been reading your blog and praying for you for a long time. Nobody deserves to go through what you did, but you fought it with a smile. Heaven gained a wonderful angel today! Rest in Peace Matthew Peters."

"I going to miss you Matt, I know we didn't hang out a lot but whenever I talked to you or was around you, I knew that you were one of my greatest friends. I can't believe you are gone now, I always miss seeing you in the halls and having a laugh. I will always remember at my cousin's reception and having a blast hanging out with you there. Goodbye Matt, I'm going to miss you, rest in peace buddy."

"Matthew Peters was an amazing person and an awesome friend. He was such a huge inspiration to our entire team and to so many others. He will be missed incredibly by many. We are praying for the Peters family."

"This is BY FAR the most important shout out and post I've ever done. Shout out to Matthew Peters. You were literally the heart and soul of Gilbert High School, and you will forever live in our hearts. You fought until your last breath and you were truly an amazing person, inside and out. We love you Matthew."

"Our Heavenly Father just received one of the most strongest spirits I know. Matthew Peters fought and fought, and he still had the beautiful glow to him through all that he went through. He shines so bright and I know that he truly is happy in Paradise. And that's what Heaven needed. I will miss Matt dearly. Prayers to him and his family because he truly was an amazing guy. He left his mark on this world, on GHS, and on me...and he'll always be remembered as the one who never let down. RIP Matthew"

"Matt you are one of the best seminary partners I have had! You had a great testimony and a great spirit about you. You will truly be missed, my prayers go out to you and your family. Rest in paradise my friend."

"Matthew Peters will truly be missed. I didn't know you that well, but every time I saw you there was always a smile on your face! Even when you were going through your battle with cancer you always had a smile! You inspired me so much! Now our Heavenly Father gets to see your smiling face! You were so strong. Rest in Peace, Matthew."

"You were the sweetest, happiest person I have ever met. I will alway cherish the memories we had together. You have made an impact on so many people. You are deeply loved and missed and I know I'll see you again someday. Love you Matt."

"I'm so lucky to have known Matthew Peters. He was the toughest and bravest person I have ever met. At last his suffering has stopped, and he is now in a better place. You will be missed, Matt. Love you man."

"Haven't seen you since Finley (which is a shame), but I know for certain that Heaven has gained an angel today. Thoughts and prayers go out to the Peters family. Rest in peace, Matthew."

"We all lost a great friend today. He has impacted so many people’s lives. His suffering has finally stopped and he is at peace. We will miss you so much, but we know you are in a better place. We love you Matthew Peters."

"Heaven has missed you too Matthew... I know you are in good hands and there isn't any doubt in that. From your smile to just being so incredibly inspirational and strong, you have showed me that there are no true worries in life but to just live it to the fullest. I know you and my little brother are hushing us telling us not to cry. Not to hurt. Because you are happy. In the eternal gates of Heaven watching over us. But you will always be missed and on my Mind. Love you Matthew."

"Matthew Peters you were so strong. My prayers go out to your family. You'll be missed by everyone. We all love the way you made everyone laugh and smile. Now it's your turn to make God smile and laugh. I love you Matthew. Forever a Tiger."

"I am just stunned right now. I can't believe that someone I feel like I was just playing with is gone. Matthew Peters was one amazing kid! He was gifted, loving, and hilarious! I'm so blessed to have known him! RIP Matthew, we all love you."

"I feel so blessed to have known Matthew as well as I did. He is such an amazing person and has taught me so much. I know he's in a better place now, and he fought a good fight. I know God has a plan for all of us and it was time for Matthew to go. I can't wait to see him again on the other side. I love you Matthew Peters and I will miss you so much. Rest in peace bud."

"Matthew Peters is one of the funniest kids ever, and I'll always remember his constant smile. Praying for the Peters family today, so grateful for the knowledge that families can be together forever."

"Matthew, you were always a wonderful smiling person and you were such a great friend to Angela. You will be missed. RIP Matthew Peters, you were so strong!"

"Rest in peace Matt. You were such a tough, funny, and amazing guy and I'm so glad that I got to know you."

"Today the world lost an amazing person. No matter what, he was always the light in the room and I will forever cherish the many memories we've had. You will be missed Matthew Peters."

"I just want my sister and her family to know how much I love them, and how sad I am for all of them (us). My nephew, Matthew Peters, lost his life this morning to cancer and I can't even pretend to know how they feel. There is nothing I can say or do to make it better, but know I love you all!! Matthew is home and happy now. There is a celebration in Heaven! You will forever be missed Matthew!!!"

"I don't like to get religious on Facebook, but I believe God has a plan for all of us. Matthew Peters touched our hearts in so many ways this past year. I'm so fortunate to know such a brave kid like Matt, and I hope that someday I can I can have half the courage he had. You have changed my life in so many ways. I love you Matt."

"R.I.P Matthew Peters! You are truly the strongest tiger out there and no one knows what battles you went through! I'm truly blessed to have gotten closer with you this past year, and it’s hard to overcome that you are gone, but I know you are in a better place now! Once a tiger, always a tiger!! Love you Matthew."

"I didn't know him very well...but he was an inspiration and inspired a lot of people to come together. He fought long and hard, never gave up. He had such a positive attitude. He will be missed. I hope we can all be as strong as you are when we each fight our own trials. Rest in Peace Matthew Peters."

"I didn't know you personally, but I know you were a lot stronger than any of us ever will be. My prayers go out to all of your family and friends. Have fun chillin' with Jesus until the rest of us get there. Rest in Paradise."

"You were a blessing. Matthew, my words cannot express all the emotions I have right now. All I know is that I am thankful God gave you the opportunity to change so many lives, and no doubt about it you did. You are immensely loved. We will never forget you. My prayers go out to you and your family."

"I'm going to miss you so much Matthew. I can honestly say you were the kindest, most selfless person I have ever met, and I am so lucky to have been your friend, even if it was for just a short while. You will be so unbelievably missed."

"Matthew, even though it's been years since we've talked, we've known each other since elementary and you were such a sweet kid and everyone was blessed to know you. Obviously God wanted you up there right now for a reason, and I have no doubt you're in the presence of Him now."

"R.I.P. Matthew Peters. I can't believe you're gone. Its a shame that this kind of thing had to happen to one of the nicest people I have ever met. You were always very kind to everyone, and I have never seen or heard anything to disprove that. You were a great person and you deserved a full life. It’s devastating to think it has been cut short. I've never even seen you upset with someone, its always been smiling and laughter. I'll always remember the fun times we had in junior high, and high school. I'll always remember that smiling face. R.I.P. Matthew you will be missed. You were too good for this world."

"Matthew Peters was a very strong person. It just won't be the same without you bro. You're with your Father in Heaven now though, and He has a plan for you as well as all of us. I'll see you when the time comes. RIP buddy."

"I can't even explain what I’m feeling right now. Matt, I miss you so much. I am so sorry that I never changed schools like you wanted me to, but I want you to know how much you mean to me. You are without a doubt one of my greatest friends. You helped me through my hardest times. I only wish I could've been there more for you. I love you. Can't wait to see you again someday. R.I.P Matthew"

"You were such a good friend to me, always smiling, positive, and had such a kind heart. I remember being so excited to have you in my seminary class with me this year. Heavenly Father has a plan for you and I'm eternally grateful for the Plan of Salvation, that families can be together for forever. You're such an inspiration, and Gilbert High will never be the same without you. I will miss you so much, Matthew Peters."

"Back in the day when all we cared about was when are we going to hangout again?!"

"Today is the day that my heart broke... A very close friend of mine, Matthew Peters, lost his battle with cancer today... I am still trying to take in the fact that I will never be to see you again... My emotions are running wild, and I am going through all the amazing times that we've had together. Matthew I will never forget you, and hopefully one day we can see each other again! Love You."

"Today we lost such an unbelievable fighter. Matthew Peters, you truly are an inspiration to us all. I know you will be kept in so many of our hearts due to the amazing young man you were. We all love you Matt, and may you rest peacefully in Heaven looking down on those who have admired you through your unbelievable fight."

"We all loved you so much for who you were for what you stood for. For me, you stood as a figure of perspective. Here I was complaining about homework, when you were going through pain I can't even imagine. I love you so much for what you have taught me. RIP Matthew Peters."

"Rest in Peace Matthew Peters... We all love you so much and you will always be in my heart. You changed Gilbert High students, alumni and faculty. You brought us all closer and made us one! You made us forget about how different we all are, and made us feel like a family! You are someone who will never be forgotten! I love you so much!"

"Rest in peace Matthew Peters, you always put a smile on my face, you were always so positive and kind, and a friend to me. I'm so thankful I came to meet you and get to know you almost three years ago in volleyball. You were an inspiration and the definition of strong hearted. I'll see you Matt."

"I took a long walk down memory lane this morning. I am sharing some of the pictures from that walk. Rhett's friend, Matthew Peters, has been fighting for his life since Sept 1, 2012. What a charming, handsome, strong, happy, (I could go on and on..) We love you Matthew!"

Thank you all for your thoughts, memories and pictures.

I just want to make one thing very clear. Matthew did not lose to cancer. Cancer lost to him. He lives on in an amazing place, and his cancer is dead.

1 comment:

  1. Please post details about the funeral when you know them...we all want to come pay our love and respect to Mather...