Matt’s Story

Five Years

Five years ago today I senselessly took the life of a man named Vince Canzani. The pain that I have caused everyone who cared about Vince is immeasurable. Not a moment goes by when I don’t remember that pain and temper all of my actions against it.

I am blessed enough to have a support system that enabled me to further my education while in prison, and I have now earned my degree. Education, and the discipline it requires, has given me a purpose and helped me to become a better person overall. I now realize that education and learning is a strong deterrent to destructive decisions, like the one I made. The function of SYV is to prevent destructive decisions that result in the harm of those around us, and I believe education is a practical application to achieve that goal.

While all of you got a sneak peak, I am thrilled to announce that this news was officially shared with De’Ante Winfrey today. He has been awarded the first installment of the SYV Atonement Scholarship, so that he may pursue his education while incarcerated. He knew this was something we were trying to get together, but now that all has been confirmed we will be providing regular updates when he receives his books and materials, and also his journey through his education. I know he will appreciate all of the support from you all and will use this opportunity to better himself and those he meets in the future. We are excited to invest in those who are making positive changes in their lives in hope of creating a better tomorrow for all.

I want to thank everyone for your continued support and I look forward to continuing our mission. Please comment with well wishes we can pass along to De’Ante and ideas for the future.


1 comment

  1. Aine Walsh - October 10, 2018 6:47 pm

    I am very happy to see that you are continuing to atone for your mistake. I hope this has brought peace to the victims family. Congratulations on your educational achievements and I wish you continued success in the change you are working hard to make!


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