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Family to send 11-year-old son's ashes to space. He always wanted to be an astronaut.

Family to send 11-year-old son's ashes to space. He always wanted to be an astronaut.

"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," shared Matthew Gallagher's mom.  

A family in Polk County is honoring their 11-year-old son's memory by fulfilling his life-long dream of going to the moon. It was something that the family never thought was possible until they became aware about Celestis Memorial Spaceflights.

According to his family, Matthew Gallagher was a loving son and devoted big brother who was always kind to people. "He was a go-getter kid. He had an outstanding personality – one that anybody could get along with," shared his mother Cori Gallagher. 

"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?' she said. That was just the type of kid he was," added the heartbroken mom.



 

When Matthew was just 5, he had decided to become an astronaut when he grew up. "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," shared Cori. 

Parents Scott and Cori say that their child was an astronomy whiz and lunar expert who knew almost everything about the moon's different phases and could even point out each of the constellations. Tragically, he passed away in May unexpectedly. His family knew that they had to do something special to remember him by and that's when they found out about Celestis Memorial Spaceflights, reports Fox 13 News

"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. And they were a big part of making Matthew's final mission and his one dream that he had come true," said Cori. 

Matthew's cremated remains are set to be buried on the lunar surface and be part of the Destiny Flight. His family has raised nearly $9,000 through online fundraisers for the $15,000 flight which will take off in 2023. "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," shared the mom. 

Cover image source: YouTube Screenshot | Fox13

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