As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or Mormons, their faith always played a key role in their family. It became even more important when then-16-year-old Matthew was diagnosed with cancer. Eight months later, he was gone.
Despite the loss, Matthew’s mom Suzie Peters takes comfort. “He’s in heaven,” she said.
“We were lucky to have Matthew for 17-and-a-half years, we’re thankful for that,” said Matthew’s father Mike Peters.