Tonight's picture was taken in August of 2009. Mattie was in the Lombardi Clinic with his pal, Jocelyn. Jocelyn is an osteosarcoma survivor, and like Brandon, was older than Mattie. Yet Jocelyn had a wonderful rapport with Mattie, and he related to her because she had the same disease, and also had to learn to walk again. That day in clinic, Jocelyn and Mattie were having a boat race. They designed their own boats out of materials around the clinic and then raced the boats in the clinic's sink. This boat race took place over several days, and during one of the races Brandon (Mattie's big buddy) and Jocelyn's sister were also included. Boat construction was very popular in the clinic during that month of August.
Quote of the day: Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit at home and think about it. Go out and get busy. ~ Dale Carnegie
My day started by receiving this very sweet Mother's day donut from Peter. Yes Mother's day is tomorrow, but he is starting early. I literally worked a 14 hour day today, and I am still at it. At one point, I was organizing Walk materials and boxes, and somehow slipped and went flying in the air. I fell right onto my back and hand. Thankfully I did not break anything, but everything aches tonight.
I received a wonderful email tonight from my friend and college roommate, Leslie. She wanted to make sure I was aware of the story and video below. So I paused and read the article in USA Today and then watched the video. I think the video is brilliant and given the circumstances and the content it is portraying, it practically gets you up from your chair and dancing! This video was created by a 22 year old Leukemia patient at Seattle Children's Hospital. The children are lip-synching and dancing to the popular Kelly Clarkson song "Stronger," and in essence showing us that they are MORE powerful than the disease that is trying to take over their body and spirit. I also love the energy and passion expressed by the HEM/ONC nurses in the video. Their dancing and participation doesn't surprise me in the least. HEM/ONC nurses are a special breed, they have determination, conviction, and amazing spirit. Please check out this great story and video for yourself..................................
STORY: Young cancer patients' video a big hit----A video featuring cancer-stricken children dancing to the popular Kelly Clarkson song "Stronger" has become an online sensation. http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/story/2012-05-12/young-cancer-patients-video/54918102/1
I would like to end tonight's posting with a message we received today from my mom. My mom wrote, "I just saw the video and it was wonderful. It puts Mattie Miracle on the map as an annual community event in support of your work to combat pediatric cancer. You and Peter did an excellent job in providing the reasons for your commitment to the cause and you both looked terrific as you spoke from the heart to your audience! The video is a winner and will no doubt earn you many more loyal supporters who are captivated by what you have accomplished so far. Do not be surprised if it has a wide ranging ripple effect. Viewers will want to stay connected to Mattie Miracle because of your determination to make a positive difference in the psychological treatment of pediatric cancer patients and will be tempted to keep watching as your cause transforms you from parents to pioneers in a leadership role dedicated to preserving the emotional dignity of these children during invasive and debilitating physical treatments. It is clearly evident that you do this as a tribute to Mattie and his memory!! Have no doubts for Mattie is watching,applauding and cheering you on! For was it only a coincidence that last week-end we witnessed the brilliance of Super Moon shining down on us from heaven above or was the timing just another "Mattie Miracle?"