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

March 19, 2016

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Tonight's picture was taken on March 6, 2009. When Mattie first entered the hospital in July of 2008, there was NO child life playroom in the in-patient units. Literally if we wanted to get out of the hospital room and engage with others, we had to do it in the hallway. By the Fall of 2008, a child life playroom was built. It was such a welcomed change. We truly loved that space and the diversions it provided. The official ribbon cutting ceremony for the playroom was in March of 2009 and Mattie was given the opportunity to cut the ribbon and participate in the party! It was the highlight of our day!

Quote of the day: The worst type of crying wasn't the kind everyone could see--the wailing on street corners, the tearing at clothes. No, the worst kind happened when your soul wept and no matter what you did, there was no way to comfort it. A section withered and became a scar on the part of your soul that survived.  ~ Katie McGarry

Peter and I went to the Clyde's in Tyson's Corner, VA today to visit Becca Fischer. Becca is the executive chef at the restaurant and we are proud to call her a friend. 

We met Becca in 2010. We were introduced to her by the General Manager of the Clyde's at the Mark Center in Alexandria, VA. After Mattie died, Peter and I would have early dinners at Clyde's and surrounding us at our table was a laptop and pads of paper. We were trying to brainstorm ideas for the Foundation. One day, the general manager of the restaurant came over to us and literally asked us what we were doing. After all he saw us there every weekend, doing the exact same thing. It was like our weekend office. So we told him about Mattie (we mentioned that his restaurant was Mattie's favorite), the Foundation, and the fact that we were hosting a Walk fundraiser in Alexandria. He asked how he could help and offered food. It was at that point that he connected us with his executive chef, Becca. 

Becca began working at Mattie's favorite restaurant in 2007. So literally whether she knew it or not, she had cooked foods for Mattie for two years in a row. When Becca learned about our story and the purpose of our event, she decided she did not only want to donate food to our event but she wanted to attend it and cook it on site. Becca has been donating food and doing all the cooking for the Walk six years in a row! She is a deeply generous and compassionate person and this year has ALL NEW menu options. We received feedback from our supporters about what they want to see at the Walk, and WE LISTENED! Becca literally will have a food group for everyone this year. 

Peter and I had a lovely dinner at Clyde's and Becca joined us and talked with us for quite some time! She was the highlight of our weekend. I believe fate brought us together and she is another gift that Mattie has provided for us. 

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