Nov. 20, 2014
Mill Creek Beacon - written by Zachary Anders
A Christmas tradition will be a little brighter orange this year as Colton’s Army runs it’s very own tree farm. With the holiday season approaching many Mill Creek families will venture out to get their Christmas tree from a fully staffed Colton’s Army tree farm, all to support one of Mill Creek’s own, Colton Matter. Colton has been drawing on the support of his Army ever since his initial diagnosis with cancer in 2009. Time and time again this team of hundreds of supporters decked-out in orange have planned events, fundraised, and worked to eliminate cancer for good. Coltons mom Suzy Matter knows the importance of his army, "Colton has been battling high risk Leukemia since he was 9 years old - a little more than 5 years of his life....” she said, “with this journey has come amazing miracles, miracles that have come with a price... not only monetarily, but quality of life... we have been blessed to have growing army of prayer warriors & supporters behind our warrior to help bare some of these burdens with us.”
Colton is waging an incredible fight against cancer, each day he battles with Leukemia. Two bone marrow transplants and a stem cell transplant have helped him wage this fight along with the help of Children’s hospital in Seattle. Four times it was believed his cancer was in remission, four times it has returned. This most recent fifth battle with Leukemia has been met with the same passionate support from Colton’s Army, in late September they held an Orange out event that brought over 300 supporters to the Jackson High School track to walk in support of Colton, which raised over $8,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma society. They’ll be back at it once again as Colton’s Army with the help of Alan Acres Christmas Tree Farm in Stanwood will run a tree farm of their own, offering families throughout the region an opportunity to buy their Christmas tree and support a great cause as well. “We are planning a fun family tree cutting experience that I hope will bring holiday joy to all who come while helping fund Colton's fight against cancer,” said event organizer and Mill Creek resident Christy Findley. A gracious 75 percent of all sales will go directly to the Matter family to help with Colton’s medical costs.
Dozens of Colton’s Army volunteers will staff Alan Acres tree farm over two weekends, November 29th and 30th from 9am-4:30pm, Friday the 5th, and the following weekend December, 6th and 7th. There, families will have the opportunity to cut their own tree, browse a bake and craft sale, and get a bite to eat, all supporting Colton and his fight. “In many ways, this fundraiser is really so much more about feeling the love and hope and support ....” Suzy said, “knowing we are not alone, so many are with us. I think of it as a huge hug from a community that has found a new meaning to the color ORANGE, (the ribbon color of Leukemia) a send off for Colton to get the CURE he so desperately needs." For more information visit www.coltonsarmy.com or www.alanacrestrees.com