Faculty and Staff Help Support the U: A Father’s Gratitude

When Bradley Matthews’ young son Jeremy was diagnosed with a rare form of eye cancer last November, one of the nation’s top ocular oncologists was close at hand. For the past year, William Harbour, M.D., Vice Chair for Translational Research and Director of the Ocular Oncology Service at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, has been treating Jeremy for bilateral retinoblastoma.

“My wife Jackie and I have been holding our breath,” says Matthews, a sales account executive in the Department of Athletics. “Dr. Harbour is trying to preserve as much vision as possible using lasers and chemotherapy. It’s a long process since it’s a very delicate part of the body, but I believe the odds are in our favor.”

Jeremy, who just turned 2, is receiving care from an interdisciplinary Miller School team that includes Cristina Fernandes, M.D., pediatric oncologist at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Matthews grew up in Miami and earned a degree in sports administration at St. Thomas University. After working with the Miami Heat and the Miami Dolphins, he joined the UM athletics program in 2001 and enjoys his role helping Hurricanes’ fans, while spending time with his growing family, which now includes 3-month-old Aaron.

“I feel very fortunate to be working for the University of Miami, and want to give back in any way I can,” Matthews says. “I’m now in the process of organizing a campus fundraiser such as a 5K walk or a ‘Dribble for the Cure’ event timed around one of the Hurricanes’ home basketball games. It will be a lot of fun and a great way to contribute to the great cancer research being done at our University.”

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