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4-H Youth: Positive Youth Development

February 22nd, 2011

When Matt Ferguson’s mother was diagnosed with breast cancer it changed his life.  “It rocked our world, my sister and I had never thought about losing our mom,” said Matt.   “When my mom’s chemotherapy was over and we knew she was going to get better, my 4-H club and I wanted to do something to help other breast cancer patients who were beginning their scary chemotherapy journey.” 

Matt created “Matt’s Chemo Bags” to help newly diagnosed breast cancer patients feel more comfortable on their first day of chemotherapy.  Matt and his 4-H club solicit donations from local businesses for the comfort bags such as pillows, Kleenex, lotion, warm socks, silk scarves and antibacterial lotion.  The generosity and hard work of Matt and his fellow 4-H peers bring warmth and support to hundreds of cancer patients. 

Matt, who is a seven-year member of 4-H in Washington County and a sophomore at Liberty High School, was awarded The Prudential Spirit of Community Award and the President’s Volunteer Gold Service Award, a nationwide award program honoring young people for their outstanding volunteerism.


Patrick Willis, 4-H Youth Development Faculty 

Email: patrick.willis@oregonstate.edu

OSU Extension Service – Washington County

18640 NW Walker Road #1400

Beaverton, Oregon 97006-8927

Tel: 503-821-1120, Fax: 503-690-3142

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