Mattie Miracle 9th Annual Walk & Family Festival -- Raised over $97,000

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

December 27, 2015

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Tonight's picture was taken in December of 2008. Mattie was in the clinic getting his experimental immunotherapy treatment. Within an hour of an infusion, Mattie usually became ill with a fever and so exhausted that he couldn't keep his head up. That day, Santa and Mrs. Claus came to the clinic to visit with the children. Linda (Mattie's child life specialist) came in with the Clauses, and together they showered Mattie with all the gifts he loved! From Legos to remote control airplanes! When Santa came into the room, Mattie's head was resting on the pillow in his lap. Mattie tried desperately to keep his head up long enough for this photo. After Santa left the room, Mattie's head collapsed back down on the pillow. 

Quote of the day: Christmas gift suggestions: To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect. ~ Oren Arnold

While Peter and I were in Boston this week, I received an email from one of our new corporate sponsors. They were looking to feature Mattie Miracle at their January management meeting. To fulfill this request they wanted us to send them a ONE MINUTE video about the Foundation.... who we are, why we developed the Foundation, and what we do and accomplish. That is a lot to manage in one minute, which is why the final video is two minutes long. One has to be very succinct even in two minutes. 

Creating such a promotional video takes a lot of brain power, creativity, and time. Of course when it is emotional content for us, which makes it equally challenging. We couldn't work on this video during Christmas time and because Peter and I are going out of town this coming Tuesday, there was a great deal of pressure on us to develop this video today.

Peter and I have different skills and our work styles are different when it comes to taking on a task of this magnitude. Yet we found a way today to have a meeting of the minds, to brainstorm, and then develop. Thankfully Peter is also technologically savvy and was able to identify software that we could use to create a video. Creating a video was a FIRST for us! However, I am a big Barry Manilow fan, and to me his song.... I am your child, is truly touching and captures the essence of how important a child is to a family. Which is why I knew we had to download that song and insert it into the video. I did not want generic music, or music that came with the video making software. 

I will let you look at the promotional video and decide for yourself if the music works. I feel the timing and the emotions it evokes were exactly what I was hoping for. Though creating such a video in one day wasn't easy, I am so happy that our corporate sponsor suggested we do this and of course that we are given the opportunity to showcase the video in their management meeting. 

The "Who is Mattie Miracle" video:

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