Matthew Stanford Robinson was born on September 23, 1988. His parents, Ernest and Anneke Robinson, were told that he would only live for a few hours. Matthew was deprived of oxygen and born blind and paralyzed from the neck down. Matthew didn’t live for just a few hours – he lived for 10 and a half years.
Matthew’s life was full. Matthew inspired his family and his community even though he could only speak a few words.
Matthew’s life ended peacefully on Sunday, February 21, 1999. The church was filled to capacity on the day of his funeral.
Matthew was buried at the Salt Lake City Cemetery. In 2000, Ernest had a gravestone built for Matthew. He wanted a tombstone that would be unique and beautiful One that would show Matthew in his most pure form.
The sculpture is breathtaking. It depicts a young boy rising from his wheelchair and reach for the sky. Matthew is now free from his earthly body and is whole. The tombstone isn’t one that expresses sadness or grief – it inspires hope. Millions of people from around the world have come to visit Matthew’s statue.
Ernest and Anneke founded the charity Ability Found. Since 1993, Ability Found has helped physically challenged people to get mobility and adaptive equipment they need to live a better, more fulfilling life.
Ernest says he has the best job in the world. He gets to see miracles happen when the people he helps gain capabilities and freedoms they never had before.