Matthew Santana wants to make a difference


Matthew Santana from Lake Intervale is doing something more amazing than the average eight year old.

There’s a little 19 month old girl named Peyton Zitelli in his Lake Intervale neighborhood who is suffering from a very rare form of cancer. She has been going through weekly radiation and chemotherapy treatments, and has begun to lose her hair. Matthew overheard the adults talking about her losing her hair, and how difficult it must be for her family emotionally and financially with all the travel to Philadelphia every week – and he decides he wants to make a difference and help out.

Matthew decided he wants to support her by shaving his own head, and asked if people would sponsor him so he could give the money to the family for travel expenses and medical bills.

His uncle, Jason Santana decided to pitch in and help spread the word even further. He asked all of his Facebook Friends, and asked if anyone wanted to step up and send Matthew some pledges for shaving his head. The response has been overwhelming and frankly a miracle. What started out as a little boy’s wish to make a difference in this family’s lives has turned into a community-wide event.

The Blackthorn Restaurant in Parsippany asked if they could host the event. Donations are pouring in from everywhere.

Matthew will shave his head on Saturday, February 9 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please come out and support him. The Blackthorn Restaurant is located at 1735 Route 46.

Please visit the Facebook page by clicking here, Prayers & Pledges for Peyton.