May 2013 Volunteer of the Month
Here at the ALS Association Greater Philadelphia Chapter, we depend on amazing volunteers to make us look good all year round. From making our events run smoothly to interacting with families to being a face for our cause in Washington, these dedicated individuals truly personify our mission. However, Matt Lee, our May Volunteer of the Month, has literally made us look good for over a decade by providing us with his incredible design work time and time again.
Matt Lee is the son of Jack and Diana, and yes, they have heard the John Mellencamp jokes before. Jack was diagnosed with ALS in the mid 80’s and passed away in 1991. The effect that The ALS Association had on their family motivated Matt and his mom to continue to be involved in fighting ALS ever since.
Everybody comes to our Chapter with different talents. Matt graduated from Rowan University in 1998 with a degree in graphic design and realized that he could use his talents to honor his dad and make a difference in the lives of others. He started by reaching out through the national ALS Association office to see how he could help and then quickly got a frantic phone call from our own Joan Borowsky.
“As art director for a large healthcare advertising agency, Matt’s time is limited, but he always comes through with beautiful work,” said Joan. “From last minute ads to the calendar to invitations, Matt has literally changed my life. We are so lucky to have him on our team.”
Since he graduated, Matt has been coming through again and again with amazing work to promote our cause and our families. It started with the calendar over a decade ago, and then onto the Phillies Phestival Ad Book, invitations for the Annual Luncheon and golf outings, logos, and even quick advice and help to make sure our products look their best. When the Chapter celebrated its 25th anniversary, Matt composed many materials for parties and brochures to help make it even more special.
In addition to his design work, Matt participates in the Seaside Board…Walk to Defeat ALS® where he has played his bagpipes at the start of the walk for about five years. He also has attended many of our golf outings. There’s no mistaking the fact that through art and music, Matt is bringing a lot of attention to our goal of a world without ALS.
“Since I started, I’ve seen the Chapter become so organized. Ellyn and Jim and everybody else involved have moved the Chapter so far ahead, improved care, and made more research available,” said Matt, reflecting on his years of service. “What affects me most is the patient stories. I can sit and talk with them and develop a bond because I know how it feels to lose a father to ALS. It motivates and inspires me.”
A few years ago, Joan asked Matt to invoice how much time he put into developing artwork and materials for our Chapter. He gave up counting after a few hundred hours. We cannot thank Matt enough for every minute he has put into making our Chapter look amazing and bringing awareness to our fight against ALS.
Matt Lee is a shining example for what our Chapter represents during ALS Awareness Month. Join us in thanking Matt for devoting so much time and attention to our mission and don’t forget to take a moment to appreciate his handiwork when you pick up your next Ad Book or calendar.