Matthew was a graduate student at Mississippi State University working on his Master of Science Degree, Counselor Education with emphasis in Rehabilitation Counseling. He had completed a degree of Bachelor of Science College of Arts and Sciences at Mississippi State in Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in Special Education, Educational Psychology, and Sociology. While a student, Matthew served as Treasurer of the United Students 2007, Treasurer of the National Federation of the Blind, and President of the National Federation of the Blind 2012.
He earned 14 certificates from the Hadley School for the Blind in Winnetka, Ill., received Scholarships from the National Federation of the Blind of Mississippi and National Federation of the Blind E. U. Parker Fund. He was on the Dean’s List in 2008 and participated in fundraisers for the American Cancer Society.
Matthew was a member of the Mississippi Counseling Association, Chi Sigma Iota, National Federation of the Blind, United Student Organization and Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts of America.
He was formerly a member of South Lamar Baptist Church in Oxford, Miss. and a current member of Adapton Baptist Church in Starkville, Miss.
As a recipient of the Make A Wish Foundation, Al Roker of the "Today Show" interviewed Matthew on March 8, 1999 where he made a nationwide announcement that he had cancer.
He was preceded in death by his father, Daniel Alan Ford; grandparents, Graham and Ethel Ellis; and aunt, Jeanette Harvey.
He is survived by his mother, Bobbie Ford of Oxford, Miss.; and his grandparents, Henry and Margaret Ford of Janelew, W. Va.
Memorial contributions in Matthew’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society; 1800 West Main St., Tupelo, MS, 38801 or the Youth Fund at South Lamar Baptist Church; 2885 S. Lamar Blvd., Oxford, MS, 38655.
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