Mattie Miracle 8th Annual Walk & Family Festival was an $88,000 Success!!!

Mattie Miracle Cancer Foundation Promotional Video

Thank you for keeping Mattie's memory alive!

Dear Mattie Blog Readers,

It means a great deal to us that you take the time to write to us and to share your thoughts, feelings, and reflections on Mattie's battle and death. Your messages are very meaningful to us and help support us through very challenging times. To you we are forever grateful. As my readers know, I promised to write the blog for a year after Mattie's death, which would mean that I could technically stop writing on September 9, 2010. However, at the moment, I feel like our journey with grief still needs to be processed and fortunately I have a willing support network still committed to reading. Therefore, the blog continues on. If I should find the need to stop writing, I assure you I will give you advanced notice. In the mean time, thank you for reading, thank you for having the courage to share this journey with us, and most importantly thank you for keeping Mattie's memory alive.

As Mattie would say, Ooga Booga (meaning, I LOVE YOU)! Vicki and Peter

The Mattie Miracle Cancer Foundation celebrates its 7th anniversary!

The Mattie Miracle Cancer Foundation was created in the honor of Mattie.

We are a 501(c)(3) Public Charity. We are dedicated to increasing childhood cancer awareness, education, advocacy, research and psychosocial support services to children, their families and medical personnel. Children and their families will be supported throughout the cancer treatment journey, to ensure access to quality psychosocial and mental health care, and to enable children to cope with cancer so they can lead happy and productive lives. Please visit the website at: and take some time to explore the site.

We have only gotten this far because of people like yourself, who have supported us through thick and thin. So thank you for your continued support and caring, and remember:

.... Let's Make the Miracle Happen and Stomp Out Childhood Cancer!

A Remembrance Video of Mattie

Random Shots of Mattie, Family and Friends

April 15, 2012

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Tonight's picture was taken in May of 2009. Mattie's art therapists, Jenny and Jessie, created this cape for Mattie to wear at the Mattie March. Jenny took a picture I had taken of Mattie wearing his circus glasses and placed it onto super man's body. Thereby creating "Super Mattie." In many ways, this was the perfect name for Mattie because what he had to endure to fight Osteosarcoma was indeed super human. As our supporters know Mattie Miracle hosts an annual childhood cancer walk every May. This tradition was actually started by Team Mattie, because in the spring of 2009, they planned an amazing "Mattie March" in which hundreds of Mattie's friends, family, and community members came out to support him. Though Mattie is no longer physically with us, I can't help but associate the Foundation walks with the March that symbolized his super fight.

Quote of the day: If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right. ~ Henry Ford

It is 9pm on Sunday, and we have finally stopped working for the day. Our last task before raising up the white flag was scrubbing and washing our outdoor chairs and tables. All our plants and outdoor furniture were in our living and dining rooms this weekend, as both outdoor spaces were being painted. All this clutter was making me crazy. So tonight, we brought everything outside into our common's space and scrubbed our outdoor furniture and then placed it back where it belonged. I wish this is all we did today, but unfortunately it wasn't.

In the afternoon, we went to the Georgetown University campus to see a lacrosse game. I haven't seen a lacrosse game in my life, but one of the team players (who was in the undergraduate class we worked with in the Fall of 2011) invited us to the game and wanted us to know that the team has a wonderful water boy. The water boy happens to be a childhood cancer survivor at Georgetown, and the team has basically adopted him. What surprised me was the huge turn out of people to see this game, I had no idea that people spent their weekends going to at-home college games. I frankly had no idea what I was watching, but I caught on quickly. However, I gave a lot of verbal commentary about players getting hit with the lacrosse sticks, so I am sure the fellow next to me was probably wondering about me!

We spent the remainder of the day working on the Foundation's walk website and I was also cutting out hundreds of shapes for my Matisse "cut out" session for the kindergarten kids on Wednesday. This cutting of construction paper is a labor of love, because Matisse's shapes are not straight forward. After hours of paper cutting, almost every finger aches. This picture illustrates one of several plates I filled with cut outs I generated today.

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