Matthew "Swirls" Cirelli 
"For many I might be an inspiration, but for myself, I'm simply just Swirls"
- Matthew Cirelli 

Swirls Around the World Christmas 2018

The Swirls Family had a wonderful Christmas Eve filled with our favorite traditions; the 7 Fishes, Cousin Gift Swap & Adult Yankee Swap, lots of laughter and memories, new and old. 🎄 But being together is what we value the most, and we always leave a chair for Swirls at the table. 🌀We are so excited to share our brand new Swirls Around the World Beanies!!!! We will have these on sale at upcoming events, be sure to stay tuned!!! Here are some cousins sporting the new Swirls hats! 🎅🏻 And Mama Swirls got some awesome Ewing’s sarcoma Awareness sneakers and a Boston BruinsHockey Fights Cancer Shirt! 💛 Another wonderful Christmas, and the Swirls Tree continues to grow. 🎄 Merry Christmas to all, we wish everyone a holiday and new year filled with endless health and happiness. We are forever grateful for our Swirls Family ❤️ We miss you Matt!
1 Million 4 Anna Foundation's 12:12 Campaign 
Each year, the Swirls Family participates in our wonderful friends,
1 Million 4 Anna Foundation's 12:12 Campaign. 

For this years 1M4A Foundation 12:12 campaign, the Swirls Family we dedicated 12 Days to why we are Thankful for our 1 Million 4 Anna Family
(even though there are infinite reasons why we are so thankful and blessed for Carol and 1M4A everyday).

During a time when it felt like there was little we could do to help, Romans 12:12 remained a source of inspiration, hope, & love for Anna, her family, & her friends. Every December 1 - 12, we ask friends and supporters to donate $12.12, $121.20 or $1,212, for the fight against Ewing sarcoma. When many unite for a cause, as we have witnessed before, we can make a significant impact. All funds raised will be used for promising Ewing sarcoma research. Together, we WILL make a difference today, tomorrow, & until it’s gone.
Tomorrow, our 2018 12:12 Campaign kicks off with stories from warriors, survivors, and our angels' families. These poignant accounts will all leave a mark on your heart; please consider sharing them and help amplify the impact the 12:12 Campaign will have on Ewing sarcoma research.
💜🦋 It takes just a few moments to share. Will you spread the word today?

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5th Annual Swirls Family Thanksgiving Bowl
The Swirls Family is all about traditions, and the cold weather wasn’t going to stop us from holding our 5th Annual Swirls Thanksgiving Football Game! We stayed in the backyard this year and 5 members from Team Corleone & Team Giganti braved the cold to continue our tradition. Congratulations to Team Giganti (Blue) who took the Swirls Bowl Win this year!! 🌀🏈 And congratulations to our 2018 Swirls Bowl MVP Avery! 🏆🥇next year we will return to the Lynnfield Middle School Football Field with full teams 😉We ended the day with our traditional lighting of the Swirls Tree 🌲Over 600 lights needed to light the tree! We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving surrounded by their loved ones. We are so thankful for our Swirls Family and we know Swirls was with us today❤️
CureFest 2018 
 September 15th-September 16th, 2018
​Washington D.C

Swirls spent another incredible, memorable, and inspiring weekend in Washington, D.C. at CureFest for Childhood Cancer 2018. CureFest for Childhood Cancer is an organization with a mission to make Childhood Cancer Research a National Priority and to raise awareness that pediatric cancer research is worth more than just 4% funding. We had an incredible time at our 2nd CureFest and got to meet so many members of our Facebook family in person!! It was such a special weekend and one of our favorite weekends of the year. From Saturdays Rally at the Capital, The Night of Golden Lights & Lighting the White House Gold, to Sunday’s Main Event, being surrounded by hundreds of foundations doing everyday amazing work, seeing the beautiful performers, and hearing the stories of survivors, siblings, and parents of angels. It was a weekend filled with remembrance, love, hope, determination, and fight. 2018 has been a pivotal year for Childhood Cancer, with the passing of the STAR and RACE Acts, the Gabriella Miller Kids First Act, and funding for Pediatric Brain Cancers and the Peer-Reviewed Adolescent/Young Adult and Pediatric Cancer Research Program. We are motivated and determined to continue to raise awareness and funding through Swirls Around the World. We made so many new connections and lifelong friendships this weekend. This is for all the warriors and angels. 💙🎗💛 #curefest2018 #morethan4 #swirlsaroundtheworld #pediatriccancerawareness
Photos from CureFest 2018
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First Annual Swirls Around the World
Pub Crawl 

Saturday March 24th, 2018

To our incredible friends and family. Our Swirls Family. 
Thank you all so much for all of your love, support, encouragement, and attendance at our First Annual Swirls Around the World Pub Crawl. The First Annual SATW Pub Crawl was beyond amazing and an incredible success. It was a day filled with lots of smiles, laughter, memories, good times, and salutes to Swirls; a day that we will remember forever. Thank you to the 200 of our wonderful friends and family who came out to celebrate Swirls, and to those who sent their support from afar. We are all on Cloud 9 and so speechless. We are so honored to have made such incredible connections and are so blessed for the people that Swirls brought into our lives. 
Big things to come for Swirls Around the World. Start resting up from the 2nd Annual Swirls Around the World Pub Crawl in 2019. 
Love to you all  💙 Swirls Strong Forever.
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Medford High School Varsity Hockey
Swirls Around the World Game Night 
February 3rd, 2018
LoConte Rink 
We want to give a BIG thank you to the Medford High School Hockey team and athletic director Bob Maloney for dedicating Saturdays game against Peabody in memory of Swirls!  🎗Thank you to the hockey team for their generous donation and a special thank you to the Chouinard family, Heather Ambroso , Andrea and Emma Casey, Karen Breen, Linda Harris, Jeanna Bertolaccini, Ginny Lombardo, Kelly Granara South and to all those who donated and came out to support the Swirls Around the World Foundation.  💙 We truly appreciate your continued support. All funds benefit the Matthew “Swirls” Cirelli Memorial Scholarship Fund and the Swirls Around the World Foundation to benefit families battling pediatric and young adult cancers.​​

Cornbowl USA 

The Swirls Family received the greatest Christmas present this year! Thank you to our amazing friends at  Cornbowl for this incredible design! Our new favorite family game; we spent most of Christmas Eve playing! This truly means the world to us and we can't wait for more Swirls Family Cornbowl Nights!
Please visit their site at
Facebook: Cornbowl USA
Instagram: @cornbowl
Binkeez For Comfort 
One of the greatest blessings of 2017 was connecting with our amazing friend Susan and Binkeez For Comfort! On November 17th, 2017 we were given the incredible opportunity to bring Binkeez For Comfort and The Swirls Binkeez to Massachusetts General Hospital Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic, where Swirls was treated! 
On December 17th, The Swirls Family planned a day trip to visit Susan at the Binkeez For Comfort shop to see where all of the magic happens!! Together, 23 bolts of fabric were cut and 21 Itty Bitty Binkeez were sewn! Thank you Susan for welcoming us and giving us the opprotunity to spread the love! Our hearts are so full and we can't wait to come back for another visit! 
1 Million 4 Anna's Annual 12/12 Campaign
The Swirls Family had the honor of participating in our incredible family-friends, 1 Million 4 Anna Foundation's 12/12 Campaign! This year, we dedicated each day of the campaign to the warriors and angels that have battled/ are battling Ewing's Sarcoma. 
In this years 12/12 Campaign, 1M4A raised $50,000 which will go towards Ewing Sarcoma research!! We are so inspired by Carol Basso and the 1M4A family everyday and we are so proud of our friends! ​​​

CureFest for Childhood Cancer
Washington D.C.
September 16-17, 2017 

CureFest for Childhood Cancer is a National Movement and annual event that brings thousands of people from around the world together and unites  the childhood cancer community, the general public, the medical community, and our elected leaders as one voice against childhood cancer. 

This year, the Swirls Family was honored to represent Swirls Around the World as one of the 80 foundations that attended CureFest! It was a truly incredible, inspiring, and memorable weekend filled with lots of laughs and tears. We are so thankful to have connected with our Facebook Family and we are grateful to have connected with so many new and amazing friends, who will always have a special place in our hearts. Though we come from around the world, we unite in the fight against childhood cancer. We are truly strong together. 

CureFest was a weekend that we will always remember and we are motivated to continue Swirls' journey. We are looking forward to attending CureFest 2018! 
Massachusett's General Hosptial
the one hundred
10th Annual Gala
June 15th, 2017
It was an incredible night for Swirls Around the World! Every year @mghtheonehundred honors 100 #everydayamazing caregivers, volunteers, advocates, philanthropists, and researchers from around the world at their annual one hundred gala. It is such an honor for Swirls to be recognized as an honoree for 2017 and to stand alongside the most incredible and inspiring people in the world. Though we come from different backgrounds and stories, last night we all came together as one.We will continue to stand strong together in the fight against cancer. Endless thank you's again to the amazing staff, committee, and leaders of @mghtheonehundred. It was a truly amazing night  💙 Be on the lookout for some exciting Swirls Around the Worlds events happening in the near future!!  🎗 #mghcancercenter #mghtheonehundred#swirlsaroundtheworld #everydayamazing #strongertogether 
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Swirls Around the World:
2017 MGH "the one hundred" honoree
We are so proud to announce that Swirls Around the World has been nominated and chosen as a 2017 honoree for the Massachusett's General Hospital Cancer Center's "the one hundred"!

Each year, the one hundred honors 100 Everyday Amazing individuals and groups — caregivers, researchers, philanthropists, advocates and volunteers from around the globe — whose commitment to the fight against cancer inspires us all to take action.

Since 2008, the one hundred has raised $11 million that has gone towards cancer research, early-detection technologies, personalized medicine, and innovative supportive care for cancer patients around the world. 

We are so incredibly honored to be chosen as an honoree and to stand beside the other amazing individuals and groups making an everyday difference in the fight against cancer.  Together, we will find a cure. 

The one hundred gala will take place on Thursday, June 15th 2017 at the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel. We are so excited and grateful beyond words!

For more information on the one hundred, please visit their site at:

  1. The Swirls Family was so honored to participate in the 1 Million 4 Anna Foundation's 12/12 Campaign to eradicate Ewing's Sarcoma! For more information on how to donate and participate in the fight against Ewing's Sarcoma , please click on the button below:
1 Million 4 Anna 12/12 Campaign! 
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3rd Annual Thanksgiving Swirls Bowl 
November 24th, 2016
The Swirls Family returned to Lynnfield Middle School Football Field for their annual Thanksgiving Swirls Bowl! This game was one for the books. With a few injuries, flags, field goals, and touchdowns; the blue team took the win for the second year in a row!