Matthew loved astronomy and was a lunar expert; he could tell anything about the moon's lunar phases and would point out constellations in the sky.
An 11-year-old boy who recently died had dreamt of becoming an astronaut when he grew up. His parents are trying to make that wish come true by sending his ashes into space.
Cori Gallagher, the boy's mother, told Fox 13 News, "He was a go-getter kid. He had an outstanding personality – one that anybody could get along with." Her son, Matthew Gallagher, was a kind-natured child who was dear to his parents and sister. It was extremely easy for him to make friends, according to Cori.
She explained, "A little kid who talked to his funeral, who he became friends with because the kid didn't have any friends and dropped all of his stuff on the floor. And Matthew stopped, picked it up, and said, ‘Do you want to be my friend?'"
Matthew had dreamt of becoming an astronaut since he was five years old. His parents, Scott and Cori, said that he was obsessed with space and the sky. Cori further added, "His whole room is space-themed. A lot of things that he would get there he would ask for his birthdays or Christmas. He'd taught his teachers, even his science teachers, things about space that they did not know."
He loved astronomy and was a lunar expert; he could tell anything about the moon's lunar phases and would point out constellations in the sky. He also had a fascination for technology and loved Tesla so much that he requested to have his 11th birthday party at a Tesla dealership. Unfortunately, the child passed away unexpectedly on May 18, this year. His family wanted to do something special for their wonderful son and that's when they came across Celestis Memorial Spaceflights.
We are proud to help him make this journey to space!— Celestis, Inc. 🚀 Memorial Spaceflights (@celestisflights) July 12, 2022
According to their website, this organization helps families commemorate the lives of their loved ones by sending their ashes to space. They have conducted over 17 space missions since 1997. "We'd always say, ‘I love you to the moon and back.’ And so we chose the lunar flight. So that way, every time anybody who knew Matthew contributed, wanted to contribute…looks at the moon, would know that he's up there," Cori said. "And they were a big part of making Matthew's final mission and his one dream that he had come true."
A GoFundMe campaign was also started to help the family make Matthew's dream come true. So far, the family has managed to raise about $14,000 through the campaign. Matthew's remains are to be transported to space in a 2023 mission that costs about $15,000.
Cori said, "I just know that he would have a grin from ear to ear, and it would never go away because he would get to do something that he always wanted to do."
Cover Image Source: GoFundMe/Sending Matthew to the Moon