HISTORY OF CELL-EBRATE
Southwestern Ontario’s Premier Internet Directory And Search Engine
Dale Matheson was born in 1974, Woodstock, Ontario. The oldest son of the Embro grocery merchants, Al & Anne Matheson. At the age of four, Dale was diagnosed with Duchene’s Muscular Dystrophy, a neural muscular disease that turns muscle into fatty tissue. Due to muscle loss Dale only walked until he was 13 years old and was confined to an electric wheelchair. His body was confined not his brain.
He loved to play video games, watching, hockey and baseball games on TV like any other normal child. His grandmother sensed that Dale would need other forms of entertainment, so one Christmas, she snuck a small key music board under the tree. He was delighted and soon was playing jingles from the TV. While attending Zorra Highland Park Public School , he learned how to play the xylophone in the orchestra for a few years. Later at Huron Park Secondary School he again joined the orchestra but he began to show signs of further weakness, when he couldn’t lift the mallet to strike the notes. He was allowed to bring his key board to play which he could still manage for the time being. Dale really enjoyed being a part of this Orchestra and was even chosen to play with Nova, a smaller four piece band. With the aid of his parents,
Dale travelled to Disney World, Florida and Cleveland, Ohio on two occasions with the Orchestra. After graduating secondary school he enrolled in the University of Western Ontario part time for six years. His long time friend and aid Danny Pallister drove him to London and stayed with him during class. Dale eventually enrolled in a science course where he studied biology and genetics which he enjoyed. Because of Dale’s own predicament, he was very interested in the science and research field. With Danny’s help, Dale was able to complete the Lab work necessary to continue most of his classes.
Dale was becoming increasingly frustrated in the Lab part of his course because he couldn’t physically do all that he wished. After much discussion and deliberation, he decided to quit university and do some work on his computer at home. Increasingly dependant on the computer, the internet opened a whole new world to him. Through his thirst for knowledge, he got the idea that through the internet he could educate people about simple genetics and much more. Tirelessly he searched out information for design for a future website. He decided to call it “Cell-ebrate”. After researching the data base in Oxford County, he expanded to Middlesex and other southwestern Ontario areas and developed a business directory and search engine.
Dale had hoped to turn this directory into a source of income for himself, but unfortunately he passed away in 2001 before that was accomplished. He would be pleased that his parents have found a connection to keep his website growing. Now the website will live on as a legacy of his life’s work.