Matt Brown grew up just like any other kid in Norwood or any other town for that matter. He played all kinds of sports while growing up and one day hoped to play hockey for Norwood High School. Matt’s dream came true and he wore the blue and gold of the Norwood Mustangs with the number 3 on his back.
On January 29th of this year, while playing against Weymouth, Matt was checked face first into the boards. Matt collapsed and lay motionless on the ice. It was the worst possible scenario. Matt was rushed to the hospital where surgery was performed on two of his vertebrae. Matt was paralyzed from the waist down.
In an instant Matt’s life and the lives of his family changed forever. The next few Norwood games were postponed; there is no manual to deal with something like this. His teammates put on a good face, to play for Matt, dedicate their season to him, but their hearts were elsewhere. Almost overnight the town of Norwood sprung into action. A fund was set up at a local bank called “Brownie Points.” Nearly every business in town had Matt’s #3 plastered in their storefront windows. Soon every opposing team in the Bay State League was running 50/50 raffles and sending the money to Norwood.
Matt had visits from Travis Roy, who suffered a similar fate, Mike Eruzione and Ray Bourque. Thanks to the generosity of others, Matt was flown to the Shepherd Rehabilitation Center in Atlanta, the best facility to deal with his type of injury.
Matt has a long road ahead of him and he needs help. Friends, encouragement and money. Sports has a unique was of bringing people together to help those who need it most and Matt is one of those people.