Family plans to send 11-year-old boy ash to moon to fulfill his dream of traveling to space | US news

Grieving relatives of a schoolboy who died 11 years old are planning to send his ashes to the moon in an attempt to fulfill his ambition to travel to space.

Matthew Gallagher dreamed of becoming an astronaut and was fascinated by the solar system and the constellations in the night sky.

Matthew’s family, who lives in Florida, hopes to honor his memory by arranging for his ashes to be sent into space after he died unexpectedly when his parents slept on May 18th.

His cremated remains are to travel on Destiny Flight to the moon, which is expected to be launched in 2023, the New York Post reported.

It is hoped that his ashes will be buried on the surface so that his loved ones can remember him every time they see the moon.

Matthew was described as a “kind-hearted soul” who “deeply touched innumerable others during his short earthly life” on a GoFundMe page posted by his family to pay for a memorial mission in space.

The site was created by his parents, Scott and Cori Gallagher, who praised his “happy and playful approach to life”.

“Knowing Matthew was one of God’s great blessings, and one could not help but love him,” said his father, a U.S. Marine.

“Matthew was happiest when he wore his superhero costumes, video games with his sister and friends, worked on projects with his father and cuddled his mother.

Matthew loved anime, outer space, dirt-biking, hockey, baseball, Spider-Man and playing outside.

“Matthew was a bright young boy.

“His biggest dream was to become an astronaut and travel to outer space.”

Matthew dreamed of becoming an astronaut
Matthew dreamed of becoming an astronaut

The family hopes to be present at the launch of Matthews space mission and has so far raised nearly $ 12,000 of their $ 14,000 goal.

Matthews’ parents later added a few photos of their son to the fundraising page, writing, “We just wanted to share the sweet face you want to send to the moon.”

The 11-year-old, who was born at a Marine Corps base in California, leaves behind a sister, Savannah, along with many relatives and friends.

“He will be missed by all who knew him,” Mr Gallagher added.

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