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

February 17, 2016

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Tonight's picture was taken in April of 2006. We took Mattie to his favorite restaurant to celebrate Easter. I will never forget that day because when this big bunny approached us Mattie was ready to jump out of his chair. I related, because when I was Mattie's age I hid from all these huge dress-up characters. But I explained to Mattie that this bunny wasn't going to hurt him and to just say hello and wish him a Happy Easter. Mattie decided to try it and he had a wonderful interaction with the bunny. I posted this photo because last night, Peter and I held the Foundation's volunteer dinner in this very room. 

Quote of the day: Memory was a curse, yes, he thought, but it was also the greatest gift. Because if you lost memory you lost everything. ~ Anne Rice 

Last night Peter and I held our annual Volunteer dinner and Walk planning meeting. Before everyone arrived, Peter snapped a photo of the table. It looked very magical to me. 

It is challenging to get the whole team together for a dinner, but 10 of our volunteers came and we had a good time brainstorming this year's event. We even had Becca join us. Becca is the executive chef at Clyde's at Tyson's Corner. However, prior to relocating there, she used to be the executive chef at Clyde's at the Mark Center (which is where this dinner was hosted). Though Becca did not know Mattie, she cooked for him and my family for many years. In fact, it was the general manager of this Clyde's who introduced Becca to us and since that point, Becca has been donating food, cooking it, and giving us all the proceeds from food sales at all of our Walks. An amazing lady!


Sitting (left to right): Heidi, Denise, Vicki, and Becca

Standing (left to right): Peter, Ann, Dawnee, Dave, Mary, Katie, Peggy, and Jane

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