The “Warm” Good Works Of Matthew McDonnell

Matthew McDonnell, center, of Clarks Summit is battling Stage IV kidney cancer but he is committed to helping other children who are suffering from various serious maladies. “Matthew’s Miraculous Hot Chocolate” stand has been a huge hit and has teamed-up with Alex’s Lemonade Stand to raise valuable funds and awareness for research projects designed to provide better treatment and find cures for childhood cancer. For his mission to have “kids be healed,” the Lackawanna County Commissioners presented Matthew with a “Good Works” certificate and representatives from the Scranton/Wilkes Barre RailRiders gave him a baseball to use when he throws out the first pitch at an upcoming game.

L-r, Mike Mahon, Ph.D., Abington Heights Superintendent; Amy Thomas, South Abington Elementary Principal; Bridget Melia, Matthew’s first grade teacher at South Abington Elementary; Commissioner Jerry Notarianni, Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley, Patrick, Matthew and Linda McDonnell, Commissioner Laureen A. Cummings, Russ Canzler, Scranton/Wilkes Barre RailRiders Business Development Executive; and Josh Olerud, Scranton/Wilkes Barre RailRiders President and General Manager.