Matthew Sturdivant is a remarkable 12-year-old boy who has raised $26,900 for breast cancer awareness and research. Sturdivant, whose mother died of breast cancer when he was only six, began raising money at age eight through “Relay for Life,” an American Cancer Society event held in communities across the country. Sturdivant surpassed his initial goal of $100, raising $2,200 going door-to-door with the help of his father.
In 2001, Sturdivant decided to reach out to celebrities to help him raise even more “Relay for Life” funds. He began early, actively pursuing donated autographed items to be auctioned to meet his new fundraising goal. With over 1000 items received from such notable celebrities as Barbra Streisand, Muhammad Ali, Tom Hanks and Jack Nicklaus, Sturdivant raised $8,500.
Sturdivant raised another $9,000 in 2002; $2,800 in 2003 and raised $4,400 for the “Relay for Life” event held this year on Mother’s Day weekend.
Sturdivant plays baseball, golf, basketball and soccer. He has won several golf tournaments over the past six years.
Sturdivant has also spoken at Disney World for the “Relay for Life” Volunteers Convention and at the National Youth Summit in Dallas Texas last October. A sixth grader at the time, he was the only person at the Summit that was not in High School or College.
When asked why he has raised money for “Relay for Life” he said, “[I] wanted to help people live a longer life, including [my] aunt.” Currently, Sturdivant’s aunt is battling breast cancer.