In memory of Matty

By Julie Smith

I’m raising funds in memory for Asthma Australia

Matty had severe asthma all his life, but he knew his triggers. He frequently took himself to hospital when he had a serious asthma attack. And he always had his medication with him. In fact, for the most part he managed it well.  

And his asthma didn’t stop Matty doing all the things he loved. As a boy he was a champion athlete, and as an adult he was a passionate baseball player, rock climber and golfer.  He loved to travel and meet new people; he didn’t let his asthma slow him down.  

But on an extra crisp morning in April he was in his car on his way to work when he had a severe asthma attack. By the time the paramedics arrived, he’d gone into cardiac arrest. He was on life-support when Julie arrived at the hospital.   

The doctor’s told me Matty was brain dead. 

I faced an agonising decision, I agreed to turn off Matty’s life support. I knew at that heart wrenching moment as we sat with Matthew, it was time. I couldn’t believe my eyes. He looked perfect. His was a beautiful life cut too short due to the insidious disease of asthma.

Please make a donation in memory by using the 'Donate' button. 

Sadly, more than 400 people die from asthma every year. I want a future where no lives are lost to asthma.

Your gift in memory will support ground-breaking research, provide evidence-based services and programs, and deliver education and training to help the 2.7 million Australians living with asthma live freely. 

Thank you for your generous donation in memory.

All donations over $2 are tax-deductible.

My Updates

Matty’s Life Lives On through Organ Eye & Tissue Donation

Monday 4th Sep

Matty’s Story Why I have chosen to Fundraise

Monday 4th Sep
The passing of life has been a powerfully shared experience. Matty aged 34years old, loved and lived a wonderful life, worked hard and touched the lives of many.
By fundraising and raising awareness, I hope that breakthroughs can be achieved by Asthma Australia, that will prevent other families experiencing the loss of a loved one.

Remembering Matty

Monday 4th Sep
Matty 34 Legacy

Thank you to my Sponsors


Julie Smith

Thank you Terry, Anna, Zoe & The Carlton Football Club for your generosity in providing Matty34 an Official 2022AFL Home Guernsey commemorating Carlton’s 2022 AFL Season. “Extraordinary Connections & Commitments” Donor Families DonateLife - OrganTissue Eye Donation Asthma Australia Matty34Legacy - Forever Grateful xx Lives Saved Making a Difference 💙😇💙


Julie Smith

Thank you Marj for donating your beautiful hand knitted rug for Matty’s Easter 🐣 prize congrats to the winner Malcolm, wonderful supporter of Matty34Legacy ‘grateful for everyone who has supported ‘X julz studio 🌷🐣🌷


Huggard/brownlee Family

Thinking of our Matty.xx


Adrian Gannon

Thinking of you Matty, you would be very proud of all the amazing work your Mum has done in you honour...well done Julie 😀


Helen Canfield

Matty the cats 🐱 are going great I think of you and the day you dropped them off at your mums.


Kyle Wraight

Miss you Matty. Well done Julie. You are amazing x


Glenys Rilen

Time for another Trivia night Matty. Great fun and raising awareness!!




Grant Thacker

We Worked Together We Lived Together We Travelled Together We Partied Together!



Donations from Colin, Julie Noelle,Lloyd,Marg,Malcolm & Robyn


Julie Smith

Thank you for your kind donations- Noelle,Lloyd,Malcolm, Colin, Julie.Bev, Joan& Grant. Matty34 Appreciates X😇🙏


Julie Smith

This is part payment of the previous donation thank you to all of the above people X 💙 Matty34