A five-year-old Iowa boy's quirky spirit was captured perfectly in the heartbreaking obituary he helped write before his untimely death earlier this month.
A GoFundMe has been started to help Garrett's parents cover his medical costs, funeral and any future expenses they may face. "I'm going to have bouncy houses at mine".
Before his passing, Garrett - with the help of his heartbroken parents, Emilie and Ryan Matthias - wrote the amusing obituary in which he lists all the things he loved and disliked about the world.
Garrett, who loved Batman and other superheroes like Thor and Iron Man, died from a rare form of pediatric cancer last Friday. It also lays out what he meant to do once he died. Garrett would ask where his parents had been and wonder why they came home sad, Emilie said. Nothing caught people off guard as his response to "see ya later alligator": "See ya later, suckas!" "Those were words that broke Ryan and Emilie Matthias" heart for almost a year. "When I read it, I'm just like 'wow.' Sounds like Garrett just yapping at me".
Along with their son's candid answers, Emilie and Ryan Matthias included in Garrett's obituary a heartfelt thank you to everyone who helped their son during his hard battle with cancer. "During that time, he never lost his sense of humor and loved to tease the doctors and nurses", they wrote.
He says he is five, lists his favourite colours and superheroes, and declares he's going to be a professional boxer when he grows up.
"We never necessarily talked about his funeral so we never had the conversation with him that he was going to die, but we had a lot of conversations around it", Emilie told WPLG. "Garrett was a very unique individual".
Garrett Michael Matthias passed away on June 6 after fighting a nine-month battle against Stage 4 Alveolar Fusion Negative Rhabdomyosarcoma (ARMS), a rare form of cancer that attacked his temporal bone, cranial nerve and inner ear before spreading to other parts of his body.
The result was a breathtaking obituary in which Garrett describes things he hates (pants) and what he wants to do when he dies (turn into a gorilla and throw "poo" at his dad).
His parents will honour his farewell wishes with a celebration of life on July 14. And his dislikes: trousers, dirty stupid cancer, and the times hospital workers had to access his medical port. "The reality for Garrett and so many other children is pediatric cancer is an ugly, nasty beast that leaves a path of destruction".
While undergoing treatment for his cancer, Garrett would prank medics - from using whoopy cushions to "hazing" interns.
"I want to be burned (like when Thor's Mommy died) and made into a tree so I can live in it when I'm a gorilla".