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April 15, 2011: We had hoped to have our walkathon this year in May, during National Brain Tumor Awareness Month, but Logan Township (NJ) has yet to get back to us about using the recreational park again as our base of operation. Because of this delay, May is extremely unlikely. Stay tuned...

April 15, 2011: We received an anonymous corporate grant for Matthew's Miles to benefit the ABTA in the amount of $5,500. This raises our total for 2011 over $6,000! For all seven plus years, we've now raised over $126,000 for pediatric brain tumor research and awareness.

November 2, 2010: Delsea Regional High School had their satellite walk for the upcoming 8th Annual Matthew's Miles in October 2010. They raised a total of $556. We'll add that total to our 8th Annual Matthew's Miles star when we reset our counts for 2011.

July 11, 2010: Please help Mira's Movement : The National Childhood Brain Tumor Prevention Act is currently working its way through Congress. If passed, this Act would allocate $25 million a year for five years for the FIRST comprehensive research into the causes of brain tumors in children, including genetics, nutrition, the environment, and more. It will give us answers about better treatments and even prevention. To get this legislation passed we need your help.
(Read letter.)

July 2, 2010: The International Brain Tumor Alliance (IBTA) posted Matthew's Miles photos and mileage details.

June 9, 2010: On May 27, Delsea Regional H.S. had a satellite walk to raise money for Matthew's Miles. Here's a photo of those who participated on what turned out to be a hot day.

Delsea Regional HS Walk

May 17, 2010: Today we passed $11,000 raised for 2010. And that means that for all seven years of our event, we're over $120,000! Thanks everyone!

May 15, 2010: We reached our $10,000 goal! And we still have some late donations coming in and, potentially some company matched contributions.

Borders Benefit Days Coupon for Matthew's MilesMay 14, 2010:Use this Borders Mt Laurel NJ "Benefit Days" coupon on May 21, 2010 to help raise money for Matthew's Miles. Click thumbnail for larger coupon image.

May 14, 2010: From the Philadelphia 76ers, a signed color photo of Louis Williams (G). - PHOTO STILL AVAILABLE - GET IT for a $20 DONATION -

May 13, 2010: Received baseball bat signed by 2nd baseman Chase Utley (Philadelphia Phillies) for our post-walk auction. - SOLD -

May 11, 2010: Two new autographed books for our auction received! THE LAST SONG, the latest novel from #1 New York Times Bestseller Nicholas Sparks. And THE LAST SURGEON, the latest medical thriller from New York Times Bestseller, Michael Palmer. - SOLD -

May 1, 2010: Philadelphia Flyers donate puck signed by Darroll Powe (C) for out auction. Comes with certificate of authenticity. - SOLD -

April 19, 2010: Autographed book for our auction: Signed, first edition hardcover of CAUGHT by #1 NY TIMES Bestseller Harlan Coben. - SOLD -

March 31, 2010: Walker Registration Brochure for 7th Annual Matthew's Miles Walkathon now available.

March 31, 2010: Sponsor Forms for 7th Annual Matthew's Miles Walkathon now available.

Phila Eagles - Victor AbiramiriMarch 26, 2010: Received signed, 8x10 glossy photo of Philadelphia Eagles defensive end, Victor Abiamiri #95 with certificate of authenticity. [Auction item] - PHOTO STILL AVAILABLE - GET IT for a $20 DONATION -

March 10, 2010: You can now follow us on Twitter!

March 10, 2010: We pushed our 7th Annual fundraiser from October 2009 — which is a busy walk/run charity season — to May 2010 to align it with National Brain Tumor Month. We've just started site updates. New walker brochures and sponsor information coming soon. We're also lowering the registration fee for walkers under 18 years old this year.

February 5, 2009: Our six year fundraising total has surpassed $109,000!

October 18, 2008: We have extra T-shirts! Donate $20 to the American Brain Tumor Association through Matthew's Miles and we will send you a blue 6th Annual Matthew's Miles T-shirt and a gray ABTA/"Sharing Hope" wristband. Be sure to include your mailing address and T-shirt size in the paypal note field.

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Philadelphia Soul LogoOctober 17, 2008: SPECIAL GUEST APPEARANCE! Two Soulmates, cheerleaders for the 2008 Arena Bowl Champion Philadelphia Soul, are scheduled to appear at Matthew's Miles tomorrow (SAT, 10/18, 9:30 AM) at the Logan Township Recreational Park. Bring your cameras, and your autograph books (or other items) to be signed by Soulmates Becky and Jackie!

Soulmate Becky Soulmate Jackie

October 16, 2008: Autographed book received from #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Nicholas Sparks, The Lucky One. (h/b, First Edition)

October 15, 2008: Autographed book received from New York Times Bestselling Author, Emily Giffin, Love the One You're With. (h/b)

October 8, 2008: This year's T-shirts have arrived!

October 4, 2008: Autographed book received for auction: Logos Run (First Edition, hardbound) by national bestelling author William C. Dietz; The Curious Accounts of the Imaginary Friend by P.S. Gifford (tp/b)

October 2, 2008: Autographed books received for our auction include Hold Tight by #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Harlan Coben and Mutant Chronicles by Matt Forbeck.

September 22, 2008: We'll have two autographed items from the Philadelphia Phillies for our local auction: A JASON WERTH autographed ball (with case) and a SHANE VICTORINO autographed bat.

September 19, 2008: Matthew celebrated his 15th birthday! And with our donations received this week, we've officially passed $100,000 raised for pediatric brain tumor research over the six years of our fundraiser's existence.

August 29, 2008: Attention golfers: You will be able to bid on an Associate Membership ($250 Value) to Ron Jaworski's Valley Brooke Country Club. (Blackwood, NJ)

International Brain Tumour Alliance (IBTA)August 21, 2008: Once again this year we will be "donating" the combined miles from all our walkers to the IBTA's Walk Around the World for Brain Tumours. The IBTA target is 120,000 kms (three times around the world at the Equator). Last year we donated approximately 300 miles to the brain tumor awareness cause.

Correll Buckhalter, Philadelphia Eagles running back, #28August 14, 2008: Our first sports auction item comes from the Philadelphia Eagles, a signed 8x10 color photo of running back Correll Buckhalter, #28.

August 3, 2008: 6th Annual Matthew's Miles Sponsor Form and Walker Registration Brochure are now available!

July 30, 2008: The 6th Annual Matthew's Miles Walk for a Brain Tumor Cure Walkathon is scheduled for SAT, OCT 18, 2008! This year, we will be donating all funds raised to the American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA) for pediatric brain tumor research.

October 29, 2007: We received official confirmation from the Children's Cancer Foundation that they received our Family Fun magazine first prize award of $1,000 toward our cause, so we've added that to our star.

October 25, 2007: Double your contribution! Does your place of employment support charitable gift matching? If so, you can request that your employer match your contribution to Matthew's Miles.

Matthew's Miles Announcement on Logan TWP School SignOctboer 19, 2007: Logan Township School (Matthew's School) announces the date and time of the walk on their new sign.
(Click sign for larger image in new window.)

October 19, 2007: [BOOKS] Received autographed Star Trek: A Time to Love by Robert Greenberger, paperback.

October 18, 2007: [BOOKS] Received autographed Black Flowers by E.F. Watkins, trade paperback. Read more on our Auction Page.

October 17, 2007: [BOOKS] Kami and the Yaks, by Andrea Stryer, trade paperback. Murder She Wrote: Three Strikes and You're Dead and Murder He Wrote (memoir) by Donald Bain. And Cold Eyes (multiple copies available) by Romina Wilcox, trade paperback.

October 16, 2007: [BOOKS] Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Tales of the Slayer Volume 3, signed by contributor Yvonne Navarro, trade paperback.

October 15, 2007: [BOOKS] More autographed books arrived today. In no particular order they are: Posion Study by Maria V. Snyder, trade paperback. Morbid Curiosity and A House Divided by Deborah LeBlanc, both mass market paperback. The Hollower by Mary SanGiovanni, paperback. The 12 Dogs of Christmas, a novelization by Steven Paul Leiva, trade paperback. Dead On by Kelly Jameson writing as Ann Kelly, paperback. A Prophecy of Dragons (Part 1) and The Dragons Revealed (Part 2) by Matt Forbeck, trade paperback.

October 13, 2007: [SPORTS] From the Philadelphia Phillies organization, we will have a baseball bat autographed by MVP candidate Jimmy Rollins.

October 13, 2007: [BOOKS] Received several autographed books today: The Fifth Vial [First Edition] by NY Times Bestseller Michael Palmer. The Fifth Vial comes with an autographed photo of Michael Palmer. Missing White Girl by Jeffrey J. Mariotte. Read more on our Auction Page.

Also received three books from Tracie Hotchner, the brand new The Cat Bible, The Dog Bible, and Pregnancy Pure & Simple.

October 12, 2007: [BOOKS] Autographed Book Donations for our local auction. So far we have received autographed copies of The Choice [First Edition] by New York Times Bestseller, Nicholas Sparks (hardbound), The Woods [First Edition] by New York Times Bestseller Harlan Coben (hardbound).

Also received Ghost Rider, the novelizations of the Nicholas Cage movie by New York Times Bestseller Greg Cox (paperback). What Are You Made Of? by Gary Starta, trade paperback.

The Passarella Family in the 5th Annual T-ShirtsOctober 13, 2007: This year's T-shirts, featuring our new logo arrived. The T-shirts are tan ("pebble") and the youth shirts are an off-white ("natural").

Family Fun - OCT 2007Family Fun - Passarella Family - 1st PrizeSeptember 14, 2007: Family Fun magazine, in their October 2007 issue, named the Passarella family a First Prize winner in their annual awards for family volunteerism, recognizing them for organizing "a walk to support pediatric brain tumor research." As a first prize winner, the Passarella family will receive a $1,000 check for their chosen charity, the Childrens Cancer Foundation through Matthew's Miles.

Family Fun - Passarellas of SwedesboroFamily Fun - A Passion for Giving

Matthew's Miles Official LogoSeptember 14, 2007: Matthew's Miles now has an official logo! Our thanks go out to Camille and Henny at Schultz Squared for designing a logo for our annual fundraising event. The logo combines elements of our previous T-shirt designs. We even have a light and dark version, so that we can switch depending on the color of a particular year's T-shirt.

76ers Guard Kevin Ollie, Signed Color PhotoSeptember 14, 2007: [SPORTS] New local auction item. Signed 8x10 color photo of Philadelphia 76ers Guard Kevin Ollie.

September 12, 2007: 5th Annual Walker Registration forms NOW AVAILABLE See Register page.

August 21, 2007: Special thanks to this year's first Platinum Sponsor: Swedesboro True Value!

August 11, 2007: Our 2007 Sponsor letter, levels, and form (for the 5th Annual Matthew's Miles walk-a-thon) are now available as a PDF download (42KB).

February 19, 2007: This year, Matthew’s Miles will be participating in a WORLD wide effort to raise brain tumor awareness!  All miles walked by participants in Matthew’s Miles will be logged and sent to the International Brain Tumor Alliance—in support of their Brain Tumor Awareness Week project - the Walk Around the World for Brain Tumors.  Organizations and individuals who are doing sponsored (or unsponsored) walks will "donate" their mileage so it can uploaded to a professionally designed Awareness Week website.  The idea is to reach a target of 40,000 kilometres (25,000 miles) which is the circumference around the World at the Equator.  To read more about the International Brain Tumor Alliance, you can visit

November 14, 2006: As reported on CBS 3 News on October 16: To date, Matthew's family has managed to raise $72-thousand [more than $80-thousand now] for the cause, but they've never raised any money for themselves. If you would like to help Matthew and his family, donations can be sent to:

Sun National Bank
303 Village Center Drive
Logan Township, NJ 08085
Memo field: For the benefit of Matthew Passarella

October 16, 2006: Photos posted from the 4th Annual Matthew's Miles Walk for a Brain Tumor Cure.

CBS3 - - Phila, PAOctober 13, 2006: CBS 3 (Philadelphia, PA CBS affiliate) featured a story on Matthew and Matthew's Miles this morning. You can read the story HERE and watch the VIDEO.

Stephanie Abrams (CBS 3) with Luke, Matthew and Emma.

Stephanie Abrams (CBS 3) with Emma, Matthew and Luke
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October 8, 2006: Andrea was featured in the Q&A column of the
Philadelphia Inquirer, Gloucester County Neighbors Section

Andrea and Matthew, Phila Inq - Gloucester Co, NJ Neighbors Section
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October 6, 2006: Our eBay auction is LIVE! You can find our items by following this AUCTION L INK. Our eBay seller ID is mattmiles918. Auction ends on Monday, October 16, around 4PM Eastern Time.

September 27, 2006: New online auction item received: a signed 8x10 color photo of Michael Rosenbaum, Lex Luthor on TV's Smallville.

September 27, 2006: We will have a signed copy of #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Nicholas Sparks's forthcoming novel Dear John. Note: The signed novel will be delivered to the winning bidder after Mr Sparks's book tour ends, shortly after November 10.

September 26, 2006: New local auction item expected: a baseball bat signed by Chase Utley of the Philadelphia Phillies. We also have a puck signed by Peter Forsberg of the Philadelphia Flyers and a B&W signed photo of former Philadelphia Eagle Hank Fraley.

August 21, 2006: Matthew's Miles Online Store Opens. Profit from sale of store merchandise will go to our overall 2006 fundraiser benefiting pediatric brain tumor research of the Children's Cancer Foundation. Visit the store!

Matthew's Miles - 4th Annual T - T-Shirt DesignAugust 19, 2006: Matthew's Miles 4th Annual T-Shirt design posted on the Register Page. Design by Schultz Squared.

August 16, 2006: Laurell K. Hamilton auction gift bundle arrived today. Includes 4 T-shirts, 2 plush toys, 1 vampire rubber ducky, 1 heart-shaped tin, 1 mug, 2 signed books. Photos posted! More details to follow...

August 8, 2006: South Jersey's Own Radio Station, 104.9 FM will broadcast live from Matthew's Miles this year from 10am-11am.

SoJo 104.9

August 4, 2006: New York Times Bestselling Author Laurell K. Hamilton will once again donate a basket of books and goodies for our (limited) eBay auction.

July 29, 2006: The 2006 (4th Annual) Matthew's Miles Walker Registration Brochure and Sponsor Letter/Levels/Form are now available!

July 29, 2006: Our auction will be very limited this year. Read more...

July 16, 2006: Matthew was at Johns Hopkins to have his cyst drained in an emergency procedure (due to hydrochephalus caused by the pressure of the cyst fluid), and before he checked out, he stopped to visit the Children's Cancer Foundation benefactor wall and the "brick" named in his honor for the money we raised in 2005 for CCF. Below are thumbnail images of the wall, with the "brick" magnified, and Matthew sitting in front of the wall, caught pre-laugh. Click on the thumbnail to view a larger image in a new window.

Matthew's Benfacotr 'brick' at Hopkins CCF wall    Matthew at the CCF benefactors wall

APR 3, 2006: Matthew completes his six weeks of daily radiation.

FEB 20, 2006: Matthew begins his six weeks of daily radiation therapy.

FEB 16, 2006: Matthew undergoes the setup procedure for his six weeks of daily radiation therapy, which begins FEB 20th.

DEC 20, 2005: Matthew has his third brain surgery of 2005 (fourth overall) to reposition the reservoir in his head.

OCT 29, 2005: Douglas Clegg donates 4 copies of his latest novel (THE VAMPYRICON: PRIEST OF BLOOD) to our AUCTION.

OCT 25, 2005: Matthew has his second brain surgery of 2005 (third overall) to have a reservoir installed in his head to facilitate draining of the cyst.

OCT 21, 2005: We haven't reached our goal, but we are still accepting donations!

OCT 20, 2005: Matthew's third brain surgery is scheduled for OCT 25, 2005. Please send your prayers and good thoughts.

SEPT 30, 2005: The eBay auction has begun! View items up for bid HERE and tell your friends. (You can also search on our seller ID, mattmiles918.) Items are in batches. Please note END TIMES of any items of interest to you! More auction pictures on the Auction Page.

SEPT 26, 2005: The 3rd Annual T-shirts arrived today. Check out the scanned image on the Register Page.

SEPT 24, 2005: Dark Horse Comics donates 5 copies of graphic novel ANGEL: LONG NIGHT'S JOURNEY signed by co-writer Brett Matthews. See the Buffy & Angel section of the auction page.

SEPT 15, 2005: The Philadelphia Flyers donated a puck signed by Simon Gagne to our auction. (Local Auction Item)

SEPT 12, 2005: If you plan to walk and want a guaranteed T-shirt, you must register (and notify us) immediately. The deadline is upon us.

AUG 19, 2005: More Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel items, donated by Inkworks Trading Cards!

AUG 5, 2005: Julie Benz (Darla from the TV shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel) donated TWELVE items to our auction. Check them out on the auction page!

JULY 29, 2005: Pure Aire donated for auction a certificate for up to $500 in professional duct cleaning services on a single HVAC system. Pure Aire is a proud member of NADCA, the National Air Duct Cleaners Association.

JULY 28, 2005: An article about Matthew's Miles and the fellowship named in Matthew's honor appeared in today's Courier Post. (scanned image)

JULY 28, 2005: We received the balance of the 'super bundle' from bestselling author Laurell K. Hamilton. New items include the Howling Thronnoes Rokke stuffed wolf, Richard Chew Toy sleep/dorm shirt, and a signed hardcover of Kiss of Shadows.

JULY 22, 2005: An autographed 8x10 color photo of country western singer Martina McBride joins our auction lot.

JULY 20, 2005: Yesterday we received the bulk of the 'super bundle' from bestselling author Laurell K. Hamilton. Preview what's inside HERE.

JULY 20, 2005: A signed trade paperback copy of Buffy the vampire Slayer: Queen of the Slayers (by Nancy Holder) has now arrived for our auction!

JULY 14, 2005: More auction items are on the way, including a 'super bundle' from bestselling author Laurell K. Hamilton.

JULY 14, 2005: Walker Registratin Brochure now available.

JULY 9, 2005: We received our first auction item for 2005, an autographed B&W 8x10 photo of singer / songwriter STING.

JULY 5, 2005: We have Star Power! Help us reach our goal.

JULY 5, 2005: Sponsor Levels and PDF form/letter available on our Sponsor Page.

JUNE 30, 2005: The 3rd Annual Matthew's Miles Walk for a Brain Tumor Cure will raise money for the Children's Cancer Foundation (CCF). All funds collected will continue to be directed toward pediatric brain tumor research and programs.

JUNE 21, 2005: Matthew undergoes 2nd brain surgery, a partial resection of his brain stem pilocytic astrocytoma, at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Ben Carson performs the surgery.

JUNE 17, 2005: ABTA Establishes Two Year Fellowship in Matthew's name at Johns Hopkins UNIV for Pediatric Brain Tumor Research. (read text of letter)


Past News Items

NOV 18, 2004: Delsea High School in Franklinville, NJ raised $3,000 for Matthew's Miles (collected today), which puts are grand total for the 2nd Annual Matthew's Miles over $25,000!

Despite the rain, we had approximately 90 people come out to the event on Sept. 18, 2004, in Logan Township, NJ. We are still collecting funds, and we don't have a final tally yet, but with the $4,435.83 raised through our eBay auctions, our grand total has passed $21,000!

SEPT 20, 2004: A post-walkathon article on the 2nd Annual Matthew's Miles appeared in the September 19, 2004 edition of the Gloucester County Times.

SEPT 10, 2004: The Matthew's Miles 10-day eBAY auction is live! View eBay Auction Items and High Bids Here
Check out all our online and on-site auction items right here.

AUG 21, 2004: 2nd Annual MM T-Shirt Design posted.


All proceeds from the 8th Annual Matthew's Miles will benefit pediatric brain tumor research programs funded by the American Brain Tumor Association, a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity. Donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

American Brain Tumor Foundation


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