Goodwill Ambassador of the Day:

Matthew Leone

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On June 30, 2010, Nathan Leone reported on his blog that Matthew had been hospitalized after being assaulted in the street near Nathan’s Chicago apartment. Matthew was trying to help a woman who was being beaten by her husband, and although Matthew subdued him, the man severely attacked Matthew from behind. Matthew was in critical condition, and doctors removed one-third of his skull while waiting for the swelling in his brain to go down.

On July 1, 2010, Nathan Leone said that Matthew’s condition had improved. Matthew had been in and out of consciousness during the previous three days after suffering a broken jaw, a broken nose and a fractured skull. Nathan said, “It was touch and go for a while there, but at this point, things are starting to turn around, which is wonderful. The first couple of days, [Matthew] couldn’t recognize me or say anything coherent, but this morning he did. And now he’s aware and talking and moving around a little, which is wonderful. So the prognosis is getting better by the hour.”

Nathan also said that Chicago police have made an arrest in connection to the assault. He added that while he was at his brother’s bedside, Nathan read emails and comments posted online from fans and claims the support helped save Matthew’s life. “The outpouring of support has been amazing,” Leone said. “Every band we’ve ever toured with, every Facebook and MySpace outlet has been going crazy with love and support. We’ve heard from friends, fans, neighbors, labels and management. It’s honestly overwhelming. When something horrible happens, you’re inclined to despise humanity, but this proves how many amazing people there are in the world.”

The Leone brothers do not have health insurance, but Nathan says, “We’ll deal with that when we have to.” Matthew was allowed home and wore protective headgear until doctors could re-attach parts of his skull. Matthew underwent a second successful surgery on July 21 to re-apply the removed portion of his skull.

On July 2, Chicago Police arrested 33-year-old Chicago resident for the beating of Matthew. He was also charged with battery for the beating of his wife, who had minor injuries. She dropped the charges the next day.  On August 21, 2010 Nathan stated in his blog that additional charges had been filed against him including “Attempted First Degree Murder” and “Aggravated Battery in a Public Place.”

Leone was voted “Hero of the Year” by readers of Kerrang! magazine because of his efforts.

A Son asked his father, “Dad, will you take part in a marathon with me?” The father who, despite having a heart condition, says “Yes”. They went on to complete the marathon together. Father and son went on to join other marathons. Then they completed the Ironman. For those who don’t know, Ironman is the toughest triathlon ever. The race encompasses three endurance events of a 2.4 mile (3.86 kilometer) ocean swim, followed by a 112 mile (180.2 kilometer) bike ride and ending with a 26.2 mile (42.195 kilometer) marathon along the coast of the Big Island.

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