Dad who died from cancer left son $10 to buy first legal beer on 21st birthday

December 11, 2020
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Matt Goodman’s first legal beer at the age of 21 was purchased by his late father.

The Massachusetts man learned that his dad, who passed away almost 6 years ago from cancer, left behind a $10 bill solely to buy him his first drink.

Fittingly, Goodman celebrated with a toast to his pop.

“Almost 6 years ago before my dad passed he gave my sister this 10$ bill to give to me on my 21st birthday so he could buy me my first beer, cheers pops havin this one for you!” he tweeted on Sunday.

He included a photo of the $10 bill along with a snap of himself taking his first legal sip.

Prior to his death, Goodman's father tasked his daughter, Casey, and his wife with giving Matt the bill once he reached the milestone birthday.

Matt told CBS Boston that his sister gave him the envelope last week and called the moment emotional.

“She kind of explained the backstory and everything, and then it turned into a pretty emotional moment, and [I] started crying,” he said.

"It's just something so typical that my dad would have done," Casey told the outlet. "To buy his first beer. Him and my dad were so close and he's had such a hard time anytime that a monumental moment comes up in his life that my dad's not there."

Matt said he had a strong bond with his dad as they often went fishing, riding quads, or playing games in the backyard.

“Me and him were just like best friends,” he said. “Anytime we would hang out, it was just like having fun.”

Sharing his first beer with his dad has now made the list, but in a different way than he hoped.

His story captured the attention of Budweiser, who made Matt’s birthday all the more special by sending him a few cases of beer, on the house.

“We're raising one to your pops, Matt. He got your first beer and the next one's on us,” the official account tweeted.

Matt thanked the company by sharing a photo drinking a beer.

His tweet also resonated with many social media users who lost loved ones.

Many of them wanted to send him beer donations via Venmo, but Matt suggested they donate to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute since they did “a lot” for his dad.

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