Mateo's wish to have a basement boy cave hangout!

Mateo was a 13-year-old boy who had anaplastic large cell lymphoma and his wish was to have a basement make-over to turn the basement into a boy cave hangout!

On World Wish Day the wish team created a surprise wish announcement party at the CHEO hospital, where Mateo was staying. In front of friends and family Mateo watched a video where Ottawa Senator Chris Kelley tells him that Make-A-Wish will be granting his ‘Boy Cave’. The room will be filled with all his favourite things, including the new autographed jersey from Angentine soccer star, Lionel Messi.

 “I never saw Mateo smile so much, he was full of excitement, it definitely brought the attention away from what he was going through,” said Mateo’s mom, Tsiu-Ping Yeh-Aceval.

During his time at the hospital Mateo helped designed the perfect boy cave. This process helped him concentrate on something other than being in a hospital room. He loved every minute of creating this boy cave!



It is with great sadness that Mateo passed away in June 2017. He was a kind, compassionate, caring older brother, son and friend to many. He loved shoes, soccer, and aspired to be a DJ (his DJ name was DJ Teo)!

Mateo passed away before the reveal of his boy cave, but on November 1st, 2017 the boy cave was unveiled for Mateo’s younger brother and parents! Mateo’s mom shared that Mateo had said to her before he passed that “Mommy, if I ever lose my battle, can you please continue helping other kids” and so in honour of the beautiful angel Mateo the family has launched Mateo’s Legacy in support of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The goal of Mateo’s Legacy is to help raise money to help other wish children have the opportunity of a wish.

The boy cave will be forever cherished by family and friends, and the family will continue to live Mateo’s wish of helping other children like himself through Mateo’s Legacy.

Thank you to everyone who helped Mateo’s wish come true Joey White, Vivianne Rheaume, Sony, Dymon Storage, The Brick, End Of The Roll Stephane Crete @Cornerstone Landscaping and Renavation , Best Buy, CTV Ottawa , Ottawa Senators, Ottawa Fury FC, JYSK Bed Bath Home and Andrea Plante!

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