Matthew A. Bertulli died on November 3rd, 2012 at the age of 27. His young life was abruptly ended by a heroin overdose.

Matt grew up in a small town with a loving family and a home life much like yours or mine. The youngest of five, he lived with his parents, older brother and sister. He loved sports, Pop Warner football, music, and history. He was a good student and had lots of great friends. Matt was extremly compassionate and was always there to help a friend,  family member or even a stranger.

Most would say that Matt was a pretty typical kid with a pretty typical life. He was loved by many, yet his good looks and charming personality hid a very dark secret.

In the eighth grade, Matt started drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana. At the time, many viewed this behavior as, all kids and parents do, " All kids that age do it."  Unfortunately, this was the start of a much bigger problem that eventually ended his life at barely the age of 27.

At the age of nineteen, a work related injury introduced him to prescription pain killers (opiates). Becuase these narcotics are physically addicting Matt found himself abusing them and this began a vicious cycle, spiralling downward until eventually Matt lost control, of not only his addiction to opiates but lost control of his life too.

Once the FDA took the pain killer Oxy-Contin off the streets, manufacturting it in such a way it could not be used recreationally, heroin was to become one of the number killers in the United States, killing more people a year than car accidents; it is now the number one cause of preventable death in this country.  Heroin became Matt's master; it was his solution to the pain he felt inside, the pain that he hid so well from his family and even his friends.  He tried rehab and medication mainentance to try and quiet the monster he had inside but because no one taught him about his disease Matt didn't know that drugs were not his problem, they were his solution and so every time he put his solution down there was the problem, himself, right in his face but with nothing to numb the pain and he would relapse, again.

Matt did have times when his life seemed to be turning around. He would get a new job and start doing well, only to find he couldn't adjust to life. Again and again he would turn to his solution, heroin. Matt went through so much pain and anguish trying to beat heroin but heroin always won. 

Matt thought he could beat this battle. No one really knew the insurmountable struggle he faced every day just trying to live some resemblance of a normal life. This was not the life he would have chosen for himself-to be a sick and suffering drug addict. No one grows up wanting to be a drug addict.

After his last failed attempt to beat his addiction and there was no where else to go, he again turned to heroin. On October 30, 2012, Matt drove to R.I. to meet his drug dealer. He had no choice, he needed his solution and to him this was the only place to go. It was there, at this dealer's apartment that Matt overdosed on heroin.

By the time Matt was brought to Providence Hospital his brain had suffered profound damage due to a lack of oxygen as opiates suppresses the respiratory system which caused him to stop breathing. Doctors worked tirelessly to save his life. In the end, the damage was too extensive. Matt would never be our Matt again.

On November 3rd, with his family and friends by his side, Matt's pain was brought to an end. His pain and suffering ended that day but, the pain and suffering that began for his family was and, continues to be, unbearable.

Matt would have made a difference in this world. He would have done anything he wanted to do but his addiction crippled him in unimaginable ways. Opiate addiction does not discriminate. It does not afflict only "the down and out", the homeless, the troubled kids or the poor. It affects good kids like Matt who come from good families and good neighborhoods.

We miss Matt every day. We don't want other families losing loved ones the way we lost Matt. Please don't waste an opportunity to make a difference. Help us bring awareness to our community and stop other families from having to bury their loved ones from opiate addiction.

The Missin' Matt Foundation was put in place to help those who suffer from opiate addiction and their families get the help they so desperately need; all money raised will go to opening a sober living community in or around the Milford area to meet the needs of those suffering or directly affected by opiate addiction.  This walk helps us do just that, so please come walk with us and/or support us with your donation for "Missin Matt". You might just help save a life!

Thank you for your support!!
God Bless,

Meghan Giacomuzzi (Matt's Sister) ​

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Colleen Breitbord Date Received: 12/7/2016
DAVID FLEMING Amount: $ 100.00 Date Received: 10/12/2016
Claudia Morvillo Date Received: 10/2/2016
"Miss you Matt. "
Leslie Caraceni Amount: $ 100.00 Date Received: 10/1/2016
"Inspired by his story, keep up the good work you do. Every life is worth our time, our medical care Delivered with love and compassion!"
Anonymous Date Received: 09/29/2016
"Keep going Meg.. don't waver.. stay strong..Matt isn't far away.. he is stronger then ever as he lives within your heart and spirit..I'm sorry I can't be there this year but I'm with you in heart & spirit. <3 "
Dave And Faith Carroll Date Received: 09/28/2016
"We wish we could be there for the walk and for the family. "
Erin Sullivan Date Received: 09/12/2016
"miss you matt <3"
Linda Burns Amount: $ 50.00 Date Received: 08/24/2016
Lindsay Fontano Amount: $ 50.00 Date Received: 08/23/2016
Raymond & Cristina Randor Amount: $ 20.00 Date Received: 07/23/2016
Denise And Bob Gosselin Amount: $ 50.00 Date Received: 02/20/2016
"In memory of the loved ones we have lost and to help ones who are currently struggling with this disease."
Angela Ambrogi Date Received: 02/20/2016
Terry Brawley Amount: $ 30.00 Date Received: 02/20/2016
Kathy Getchell Date Received: 02/20/2016
Henry Bertulli Amount: $ 10.00 Date Received: 02/15/2016
Ann And Kenneth Andre Amount: $ 100.00 Date Received: 01/6/2016
"Merry Christmas Matt!!!"
Katie And David Truitt Date Received: 12/28/2015
"Matt, you are part of the solution, your work here is not done. I love you and I'm so proud of you. "
April Giovanello Date Received: 10/25/2015
Desi And Rob Pano Date Received: 10/21/2015
"Congrats to Faith and Dave! Much love!"
Jayne And Scott Keating Date Received: 09/24/2015
"In celebration of Faith and Dave Carroll's wedding! As well as in remembrance of my own mother who died of her struggle with alcoholism at just 44 years old. Blessings and love to Faith and Dave, Love Jayne and Scott Keating"
Mary Isabelle Amount: $ 30.00 Date Received: 09/21/2015
"Happy Birthday Matt! Love you, Auntie"
Jane Weiss Date Received: 09/15/2015
The Ackerleys Amount: $ 25.00 Date Received: 09/14/2015
"We're sorry for your loss Katie. Together, all of us, must fight this epidemic."
Martin Sawzin Amount: $ 25.00 Date Received: 09/13/2015
Kristina Brawley Amount: $ 50.00 Date Received: 09/13/2015
Anonymous Amount: $ 25.00 Date Received: 09/12/2015
Noreen Camerato Date Received: 09/12/2015
"Sending warm thoughts and support to you all!"
Jessica Murphy Amount: $ 25.00 Date Received: 09/11/2015
Gabriela Arizan Amount: $ 25.00 Date Received: 09/11/2015
"It is a wonderful way to remember Matt trying to help others!"
Terry Brawley Date Received: 09/11/2015
Dan Lisker Date Received: 09/11/2015
"Thank you for your courage Katie. Know that your work is very inspiring."
Thomas Isabelle Amount: $ 25.00 Date Received: 09/11/2015
"missing you Matt."
Joseph Ferrone Amount: $ 25.00 Date Received: 09/11/2015
Barbara Forman Date Received: 09/11/2015
Beth Wingert Date Received: 09/11/2015
Anonymous Amount: $ 25.00 Date Received: 09/11/2015
Casey And Kara Sheehan Amount: $ 50.00 Date Received: 09/11/2015
"Sorry we can't be there for the walk, but we will be there in spirit. Love you, Matthew"
Anonymous Amount: $ 25.00 Date Received: 09/10/2015
SUSAN KRIKORIAN Amount: $ 25.00 Date Received: 09/10/2015
"I'm sorry I cannot attend the walk. Know that I am so proud of your efforts. This area is in great need of help.. Thank You Katie and Meagan for doing this in honor of your wonderful son."
Bill Collagan Amount: $ 50.00 Date Received: 09/9/2015
"Thank you Katie and Family for bringing this incredibly difficult issue to the forefront"
Anonymous Date Received: 09/9/2015
"Thinking of you and hoping the day goes well! "
Nancy Robbins Date Received: 09/8/2015
"wish I could do more to help. You've come a long way and I hope everyone's awareness helps to do away with this problem. XXOO"
Linda Bonfatti Date Received: 09/8/2015
Sandra Willette Date Received: 09/8/2015
Susan McIntyre Amount: $ 25.00 Date Received: 09/8/2015
Cathy Miles Date Received: 09/7/2015
Alissa Thurston Amount: $ 25.00 Date Received: 09/4/2015
Katie Miles Amount: $ 25.00 Date Received: 09/4/2015
Colleen Murphy Amount: $ 25.00 Date Received: 09/4/2015
Jose & Sharyne Esteves Amount: $ 100.00 Date Received: 09/4/2015
Paul Castiglione Amount: $ 20.00 Date Received: 09/4/2015
"Matt you were always a great friend to me. We always had a good time and a lot of laughs. I miss you so much and wish you were still here. "
Courtney Motuzas Date Received: 09/4/2015
Carli Caffrey Amount: $ 70.00 Date Received: 09/4/2015
""I hope your dancing in the sky"...or two stepping while snapping your fingers!!! Lol I miss so much about you Matt, your forever missed! I love you! ~ Carlz xo "
Nara Lugo Amount: $ 10.00 Date Received: 09/4/2015
"Your always in our hearts and mind. I miss you so much. It's been tough but I know your watching over us and giving me signs here and there to let me know your watching over me. Thank you babe. Rest in peace my love. God bless "
Daniel Hause Amount: $ 25.00 Date Received: 09/3/2015
"God Bless"
Jd Paul Amount: $ 25.00 Date Received: 09/3/2015
Nissa Fitzgerald Date Received: 09/3/2015
"Much Love xoxo"
Lynn Kaye Date Received: 09/3/2015
Siobhan MacDonald Amount: $ 25.00 Date Received: 09/3/2015
"Katie, you have helped bring so much awareness to the public. Matt is so proud of you!"
Theresa Topalian Date Received: 09/2/2015
Peggy Farrell Date Received: 08/30/2015
"Wonderful tribute to your son.. such an epidemic.fear,anxiety ,pain and worry.praying to God to spare your child.felling of hopelessness and uncertainty. All to we'll I understand the hell that as parents we go through. It is in awareness of the disease that we bring forward to others do we feel some comfort. Than you "
Elysia Bowzer Date Received: 08/30/2015
Joseph P. Morrissey Date Received: 08/29/2015
Caylin Capra-Thomas Date Received: 08/28/2015
"In honor of my friend, Patrick Hickey, with love. Thank you so much for workng for the kind of awareness necessary to bring about destigmatization and increased efforts towards effective treatment for opiate-addicted individuals. I wish I lived close enough to walk! "
Esta Montano Date Received: 08/27/2015
Mary Strzempko Date Received: 08/27/2015
"Awesome work Katie; Matt would be proud."
Nancy Castiglione Date Received: 08/25/2015
"What a beautiful tribute to Matt. This is such an inspiration to those suffering from addiction. Thank you Meghan and to your family for all you are doing to help conquer this illness!!!!"
Denise Walsh Amount: $ 25.00 Date Received: 08/25/2015
"Thank you for trying to help others in need"
Allen Bertulli Date Received: 08/24/2015
Natalia Maher Date Received: 08/24/2015
"We love you Katie!! Natalia & Paula"
Amber-Rose Wilcox Date Received: 08/23/2015
Pam & Gerard Brown Amount: $ 50.00 Date Received: 08/23/2015
"While we can't walk we can pray & donate. Good luck & God bless. "
Paula Merola Amount: $ 100.00 Date Received: 08/23/2015
"This is a great way to help your loss. Sorry this was a terrible shame."
Anne Laraia Date Received: 08/22/2015
"In celebration of Faith and Dave's wonderful wedding last Saturday, and in loving memory of Matt. Love, Anne and Steve"
David And Linda Truitt Date Received: 08/21/2015
Joseph And Sharon Plescia Date Received: 08/21/2015
Dave & Faith Carroll Date Received: 08/21/2015
"Megs and Katie, We're sorry that we cannot be with you for the walk but know that you are in our hearts and prayers and with you in spirit. We hope that the walk brings the necessary attention to this epidemic."
Mary Lou Bevilacqua Date Received: 08/20/2015
Meghan Giacomuzzi Amount: $ 63.00 Date Received: 08/20/2015
"In memory of a great friend Brian Williams who lost the battle to this disease. Fly high Brian and continue to watch over us. Miss you!!!"
Wedding Donations Amount: $ 600.00 Date Received: 08/20/2015
"These are donations for MissinMatt that we received at our wedding on Saturday. With all our love, Faith and Dave"
Milford Police Association Amount: $ 250.00 Date Received: 08/20/2015
Milford Regional Medical Hospital Amount: $ 150.00 Date Received: 08/20/2015
Nadene Heaps Amount: $ 36.00 Date Received: 08/20/2015
In Memory Of Pat Hickey Amount: $ 25.00 Date Received: 08/20/2015
Ilene Pincus Date Received: 08/19/2015
Judy Kane Date Received: 08/19/2015
Karla Testerman-Witt Date Received: 08/18/2015
"In celebration of Dave and Faith Carroll's LOVE for each other and for your family, it is my pleasure to support your heart felt mission. May the sound of Matt's name forever bring joy to your hearts and music to your ears."
Jennifer Goetz Amount: $ 25.00 Date Received: 08/18/2015
Cindi Mitchell Amount: $ 100.00 Date Received: 08/17/2015
"We would love to help any way we can. We can offer up auction items for you from Matt Light. Our thoughts and prayers are with you guys!"
Pauline Neves Date Received: 08/16/2015
"Katie, you helped make Faith and Dave's wedding so special. Paulie and Brian. "
Anita Laraia Date Received: 08/14/2015
"So very sorry for your loss...a heartbreaking story. Our wedding gift to Faith and Dave. Wishing you both a lifetime of love and happiness."
Bob And Tania Pano Amount: $ 50.00 Date Received: 08/13/2015
"In memory of our Matt and for all those we have lost, we miss you all. To Dave and Faith congratulations, best wishes on your wedding day 8-14-15. We are so looking forward to the wedding and seeing you both!!!! "
Katie And David Truitt Date Received: 08/13/2015
"On behalf of Dave and Faith who asked their wedding guests to consider making a donation to Missin Matt as your wedding gift to them! Thank you for your love and support."
Robert And Nancy Tomaso Amount: $ 25.00 Date Received: 08/13/2015
"Meghan you have worked so hard putting this foundation and walk together; you're inspiring many people and you're already making a difference. Thank you for standing up and taking action."
Daniel Carroll Date Received: 08/11/2015
"In memory of Tim and all the loved ones taken before their time."
Tiffany Goddard Amount: $ 100.00 Date Received: 08/11/2015
"My heart breaks every time I read a story like this...I wish I could give more but please know I'm praying for you all! I am so so sorry that anyone has to suffer through this...the addict or their loved ones! It is an addiction, a sickness, NOT A CHOICE!! It needs to be treated as such...sharing stories like Matt's helps accomplish that! Thank you xoxo"
Ken And Linda Polivy Date Received: 08/10/2015
Dalia Sanches Amount: $ 30.00 Date Received: 08/8/2015
"Love you Matt, always and foreva in my heart keep watching over us all xoxo"
Paula Appel Date Received: 08/7/2015
"Katie, I hope our contribution in Matt's name helps to make a difference. His story is heartwrenching. I applaud your commitment to raising awareness of this problem that affects so many of our young people. God bless you."
Anthony Sokolowski Date Received: 08/7/2015
"In loving memory Patrick Hickey!"
Mac Med Spa Date Received: 08/6/2015
Legacy Office Solutions - Dick Hall Date Received: 08/5/2015
"Thank you for your courage in sharing your experience, strength, and hope. The awareness you are bringing to the communities we live in, is amazing. Proud to walk in honor of Matthew and to be a part of the solution with you. Sending our love and support. Dick, Debbie, Gerard, & Jessie"
Tim & Tricia McDonough Amount: $ 100.00 Date Received: 08/5/2015
Bob & Patti Truitt Date Received: 08/4/2015
"Our love and prayers for all those who were touched by his life."
"In memory of Matt Bertulli and Little Patrick Hickey. May we put an end to this battle."
Amanda Colace Date Received: 08/4/2015
"Kathie, Sending loving thoughts and prayers to you and your family. "
Ashley Vancil-Leap Date Received: 08/3/2015
"In honor of my brother, Patrick Hickey, who left us way too soon. He had an amazing heart and was so kind to everyone he knew. I love him and I'm going to miss him always and forever. "
Joan And Gene Grzywna Date Received: 08/3/2015
"Katie, thanks for all you do! We'll be doing Matt's Walk for the Worcester Recovery HS and for families affected by addiction. You give us hope and inspiration to keep working for changes that lead to lives worth living sober. "
John & Joanna Gunasti Date Received: 08/3/2015
Lois Grow Date Received: 08/3/2015
Laura Pandolfino Amount: $ 50.00 Date Received: 08/3/2015
"Love you Katie.Anything I can do to be part of the solution please let me know "
Tara McDonough Amount: $ 50.00 Date Received: 08/2/2015
Joe Sarno Date Received: 08/2/2015
Matthew Messina Amount: $ 100.00 Date Received: 07/30/2015
Lawrence Geuss Date Received: 07/28/2015
Phyllis &Jim Giblin Amount: $ 75.00 Date Received: 07/26/2015
"Katie, Sending caring thoughts & prayers to support your efforts to help others fighting their addictions, & to assist their family/ friends with dealing with broken hearts. Love, Phyllis & Jim"
Michael Sheehan Amount: $ 250.00 Date Received: 07/25/2015
"With love and support. "
Tina Fuller Amount: $ 75.00 Date Received: 07/23/2015
"Sending our love and support -- here for you always! Love, Cliff, Tina & Mark"
Sally Forbes Date Received: 07/22/2015
Keyes Drug Ray Dinno Date Received: 07/20/2015
Daniel Snyder Amount: $ 180.00 Date Received: 07/17/2015
Jennifer Perry Amount: $ 40.00 Date Received: 07/17/2015
Patty Lessard Amount: $ 30.00 Date Received: 07/17/2015
Sherri Burton Amount: $ 20.00 Date Received: 07/15/2015
"I would like to join in on the walk!!!"
Bruce & Nancy Leslie Amount: $ 250.00 Date Received: 07/15/2015
Ellen Rohtstein Date Received: 07/14/2015
Claudia Morvillo Date Received: 07/13/2015
Ann Stewart Date Received: 07/6/2015
"Katie and family, I hope this little bit helps you to reach your goal. "
Mary Denker Amount: $ 50.00 Date Received: 06/29/2015
"My heart goes out to every family affected by addiction."
Hank Matthy Date Received: 06/11/2015
Claire O'Donnell Amount: $ 40.00 Date Received: 05/28/2015
Kelley White Amount: $ 50.00 Date Received: 05/9/2015
"Katie. My prayers are with you always."
Christine Hanna Amount: $ 50.00 Date Received: 05/9/2015
"Katie, I hope this helps in some small way.. Always know that You and your family are in my prayers. Hope to be with you walking side by side with our family. Love you, Chrissy"
David Carroll Date Received: 05/8/2015
"This donation is for all those that have suffered or still suffered from the disease of addiction and for those like Katie and Meghan that have lost loved ones to the disease. "
Linda Burns Amount: $ 50.00 Date Received: 04/28/2015
Patricia Grossman Amount: $ 180.00 Date Received: 04/28/2015
Laurie Katz Date Received: 04/14/2015
Ken And Ann Andre Amount: $ 200.00 Date Received: 04/14/2015
Elizabeth Santangelo Amount: $ 100.00 Date Received: 04/11/2015
"May God give you the courage and strength to achieve your goal! XOXO"
Brad Trenchard Amount: $ 50.00 Date Received: 04/11/2015
"for a step in the right direction, in honor of my childhood friend Matt"
Sean Riley Amount: $ 25.00 Date Received: 04/10/2015
Anonymous Amount: $ 100.00 Date Received: 04/10/2015
Lindsay Flynn Amount: $ 50.00 Date Received: 04/1/2015
"Katie & Megs, The strength and dedication that you two have shown is amazing. Through an unimaginable pain you have been able to help others. Not only with your goal for Matt's walk but in your daily life. Katie, day in and day out I witness you be the strength that your friends and your loved ones need. You are the strongest person I know and I'm so happy that you both have been able to pull this all together! I'm sure Matt is so proud of you both! XOXO Rest easy, Matt. Linz"
Chrissy Masse Date Received: 03/31/2015
"Miss you Bert! xO"
Ann Andre Date Received: 03/30/2015
Mary Isabelle Amount: $ 100.00 Date Received: 03/30/2015
"I love you, Matthew, forever in our hearts. "