Broken Arrow family loses loved one to COVID-19 after cancer treatment

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. — A Broken Arrow family is seeing support from around the world after losing a loved one to COVID-19.

Matt Cantwell contracted COVID-19 eight days after his first chemotherapy treatment.

Matt was diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia in 2016. His blood levels were okay until December 2020 when doctors told him it was time to start treatment if he was ready. Cindy Cantwell, Matt’s wife, says Matt told doctors he was tired of not feeling well and to start chemo.

Matt was started running a low-grade temperature a few days after chemo. Something doctors said was normal. But when Matt’s temperature spiked to over 103, he was hospitalized and tested positive for COVID-19.

As the days went on Matt’s condition grew worse. His family was praying for a miracle. His wife says the Lord told her Matt would be healed, it was just going to take a long time.

After 32 days in the hospital, Matt passed away.

From the start a Facebook page, “Pray for Matt” garnered attention from people around the world. Even after his passing, people are sharing pictures of them wearing orange, because Matt was an OSU fan.

A GoFundMe has raised just over $30,000 to help the Cantwell family.

Anyone looking to donate can do so here.