Matteo Lambert from Virginia might look small in stature but his resolution to make an impact in others' lives is surely not.
Matteo Lambert, a 9-year-old boy, might look small in stature but his resolution to make an impact in others' lives is surely not. The resident of Virginia, who first discovered his love for running two years ago at a 5K, has now decided to perform this sport to help raise money for kids fighting cancer. Back in September this year, he had resolved to cover 100 miles for the same and now Lambert has made it farther than 120 miles across two countries (the U.S. and Canada) to raise $65,500 for sick children.
"Running really wasn’t that hard," said Matteo according to WUSA9. "And, it’s nothing compared to what kids with cancer experience." Revealing the reason that inspired the boy to make good use of his passion, he shared how it all began after his father, Brandon Lambert, connected with the founder of Hopecam, Len Forkas, who himself had completed Race Across America and a coast-to-coast bicycle race twice. According to a report by Fox News, Matteo set out to raise $5000 for the nonprofit that provides webcams to child cancer patients so they are connected to classmates and friends.
However, he only met the goal during his second race of 2019. "My goal was to run, originally it was 100 kilometers and $5,000, but…I decided to run more for 100 miles, because most people don’t appreciate what a kilometer is," said Matteo as per 5newsonline. Forkas noted, "It's an amazing goal for a 9-year-old to take on 100 miles over a summer. But that's Matteo." Not only does Matteo focus on raising the money but he also makes sure that the child for whom he's providing is involved in the process. With a picture and name of a child battling the disease on his cape, he begins his race. The rewarding ribbon or medal that he earns from the race, Matteo selflessly gives it to the patient just so they know they were a part of something great.
"He’s kind of the adult in the house," revealed his dad, Brandon, during an interview with Fox 10 Phoenix. "He’s been a very easy child to parent. Matteo has just always wanted to help people who are less fortunate." He was also praised by former Vice President Joe Biden for his efforts. After raising more than $65,000 the Matteo was quick to garner a huge social media following. This, in turn, prompted him to begin his organization which aims at encouraging others to do the same. He decided to name it 'Off the Charts Club' for two reasons. The first is his intent to help children get off their medical charts and the second was due to his short size that kept him off the height chart at basketball tryouts.
Currently, Matteo is working alongside CORE Foundation to get his nonprofit started. "CORE foundation fiscally sponsors volunteers in the community, volunteer leaders that have big hearts and big ideas," said Executive Director Taralyn Tharp Kohler. "And Matteo really mirrors that with his vision and values." Matteo said he wants to prove "there are no age or size requirements to make a difference." And as time is going by, he is showing no signs of slowing down. "I want kids with cancer to feel good and not alone, and know that I have their back," he said.