As a former Sachem student, Matthew "Dezy" DiStefano is proud to now be a teacher in the same district that he was brought up in. While attending Sachem, Dezy excelled in athletics as he was a varsity athlete on both the Volleyball and Basketball teams. He led both teams to county championships and was named Suffolk County "Player of the Year" in two consecutive years for volleyball. Dezy is currently the Assistant Head Coach of the Sachem North Boys Volleyball team.
In February 2018, Dezy was diagnosed with Stage 4 Kidney Cancer. Since that time, he has dedicated himself to conquering the disease, while at the same time, creating the DezyStrong Foundation to help support others affected by cancer. Below is a short documentary that covers the day he learned of his diagnosis, and since then, how he approaches his fight. His story is an inspiring look at how to approach life.