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Matt Williams was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in January of 2012. He is married with four children, and at the time of diagnosis was living in Alaska. Prior to getting diagnosed, he was having aches and pains for about four to five months. He sneezed and broke a rib, which resulted in needing an MRI. Soon after, he was diagnosed with stage IV cancer, which was discovered to be multiple myeloma. He received care at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance where he was treated with chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant and then went into remission. However, before he was scheduled to go home, he had a brain bleed which required surgery. After that, Matt entered a 3-year clinical trial and moved to Hawaii. He traveled back and forth from Hawaii to Seattle for treatment. Matt enjoys spending time with his wife and four daughters, as well as surfing.