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Matt Reimer, 9, has been imagining and drawing creatures like these — who live on a planet called Matthewland — since he was diagnosed about two years ago with a rare, degenerative genetic disorder. An upcoming art auction will raise money to research a cure for Matt's disease.

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Escape to Matthewland: Child's imagination inspires art event to support finding cure for rare disorder

In Matthewland, a Slinky-shaped planet inside the universe’s smallest galaxy, Scrogs swim and Squics sting. Bhrams use their specialized mini-arms to cut into trees for food, and Tiaills flaunt their many curly tails. Matt Reimer’s imagination, as one adult friend describes it, is boundless. His 9-year-old body, however healthy it may appear on the outside, is not.

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