Matthew James Pockrandt, age 22, died on Wednesday, December 26th, 2012, at his home in Green Bay, Wisconsin. He was a pre-med major at Viterbo College in La Crosse, Wisconsin, when he was diagnosed with a rare form of liver cancer known as Fibrolamellar Hepatocellular Cancer. This cancer affects mostly young people and is almost fatal since it tends to be discovered late and is so rare. He soon died 13 months after he was diagnosed with it.
Matt was born in St. Louis, Missouri, on January 16th, 1990, to Fred E. Pockrandt and Margaret Le Roy. He has two brothers and two sisters.
His one passion in life was sports. He played middle school basketball at Trinity Catholic and then high school ball at West High, Northeast Christian Homeschool Association and then South Central Wisconsin Christian Knights (now known as AZ Knights) in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Matt was able to know Issac (Sr.), Rose, and the family through the Knights organization in 2008. He was so impressed with their program and vision for helping youth that he initially commuted 120 miles one way to participate for their team. Later, he got a temporary place in Milwaukee to participate full time. The Jackon's program made a lasting impression on him. He was a strong leader in their program, teaching through the example. He was determined to work with them again as they relocated to the Arizona area.
Later on in 2009, he was named Division 2 Most Valuable Player at the National Homeschool Basketball Tournament. He was also known for being a fearless goal keeper for several teams in Green Bay Kickers summer soccer league.
He loved to teach younger players the fine points of the game. He helped his father coach his sister's homeschool high school basketball team. For the past several summers, he was the most beloved Games Teacher at the Mi Pueblo Culture Camp in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. He was very passionate about helping others whereas in 2010, he participated in a mission trip to Haiti to help the people of that country to recover from their earthquake devastation.
Matt died too young; he was a vibrant, passionate young man and so full of life. He had so many dreams and ambitions. He was gifted in many ways. He was loved by those whose lives were touched by him and he touched many lives. He dearly wanted to help the Jackson's vision for character development through sport thrive and he believed in their vision. He saw the incredible difference that they made in kid's lives. He expected to work with them once he graduated from med school. But, Matt can't do this now, but you can. Your donation and participation will let his passion and memories on in a program that he loved.