Matthew "Swirls" Cirelli 
"For many I might be an inspiration, but for myself, I'm simply just Swirls"
- Matthew Cirelli 

Swirls Around the World 

Welcome to Matthew's Legacy...
Matthew was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma in December of 2011, but this did not stop him from living life to the fullest. 

He faced the cancer head on and did not let it defeat him. Instead of saying "Why me?", Matt said "Try me".  

Matt continued to go through life with a smile on his face. He was grateful for everyday, and never complained. He was an incredible son, brother, friend, cousin, nephew, and student. He is a hero, he is an inspiration, he is Swirls. 

And for us, Swirls is a legacy. 

What is Ewings Sarcoma?                                                       
Ewing's Sarcoma is a primary bone cancer that originates in the bone cells. It  is often found in the legs, pelvis, ribs, arm, or spine. Ewing's Sarcoma is the second most common type of bone cancer in children and is mostly found in children and young adults between the ages of 5-20 years-old. 

Ewing's Sarcoma is caused by a rearrangment between chromosomes #11 and #20. The rearrangement of these chromosomes results in a change of position and function of genes, causing an abnormal fusion of the genes, called a fusion transcript. The abnormal fusion transcript involves two genes called EWS and FLI1. 

Though Ewing's Sarcoma is primarily found in the bones of the legs, arms, trunk, pelvis, back, or head, the cancer can spread to areas of soft tissue, such as the heart and lungs. 
What are the symptoms?

  • Pain and/or swelling around the site of tumor
  • Fever
  • Weight loss/decreased appetite
  • Fatigue 
  • Numbness, tingling, paralysis 

How can Ewing's Sarcoma be treated?​

The first step in treating Ewing's is chemotherapy. After chemo, surgery can be done to remove the majority or all of the tumor. The next step in treatment is radiation therapy, which kills or decreases cancer cells that cannot be removed by surgery.