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

January 13, 2016

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Tonight's picture was taken in January of 2009. Mattie was home between treatments and despite being wiped out (as you can see in his expression), he still found a way to be humorous and creative. With a Styrofoam box, he transformed it into something that looked like a bicycle helmet using his favorite..... TAPE. Mattie was a wiz with tape and glue!  Of course through his shirt you can see the tubes from his broviac (a catheter that came through his chest and was connected to a major vein to the heart) hanging loose, which was a constant reminder and symbol that Mattie had cancer. 

Quote of the day: Losing people you love affects you. It is buried inside of you and becomes this big, deep hole of ache. It doesn’t magically go away, even when you stop officially mourning. ~ Carrie Jones

I found an email from Springer, the publishing company, in my email inbox today. They wanted me to know that the chapter we wrote entitled, "Parents’ Perspective on the Role of Psychosocial Care in Pediatric Oncology" in the textbook ---Pediatric Psychosocial Oncology: Textbook for Multidisciplinary Care--- has been released.

Peter and I are honored to have been invited to contribute a chapter to this outstanding psychosocial resource! This textbook details the psychosocial issues and challenges faced by children and adolescents with cancer and their families. Through a developmental lens, the book provides guidance and resources that will enable clinicians to understand the physical and emotional impact of the disease from diagnosis onwards, to work with families in distress, and to diagnose and treat a range of behavioral, psychological, and psychiatric issues.

Each chapter is written by leaders in the psycho-oncology field and what is so special is we had the opportunity to meet and work with several of these professionals through our National Psychosocial Standards project. 

To see more about the textbook and each of the chapter in the book, go to:

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