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

March 17, 2016

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Tonight's picture was taken on March 17, 2009. To me Mattie was the ultimate shamrock! We never knew this would be our last St. Patrick's Day with Mattie. That day, Mattie was headed to the outpatient clinic. Before heading there, he donned on all his clover gear that his friends gave him to celebrate the day! I remember taking this photo like it were yesterday!

Quote of the day: We’ve been wrong about what our job is in medicine. We think our job is to ensure health and survival. But really it is larger than that. It is to enable well-being.  ~ Atul Gawande, Being Mortal: Illness, Medicine and What Matters in the End

A few weeks ago, Peter and I were approached by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). ASCO is the voice of the world’s cancer physicians. ASCO’s patient information website (Cancer.Net) brings the expertise and resources of ASCO to people living with cancer and those who care for and care about them. ASCO wanted up to do a Podcast for their website! I honestly did not know what a podcast was, but I got up to speed quickly. It is an interview, without an actual interviewer or moderator. So in essence you have to moderate and dialogue by yourself. In our case, we had crafted how we wanted the 20 minute interview to go, and basically Peter served not only as a speaker but our moderator! 

We want to thank Cancer.Net for the opportunity to discuss the importance of psychosocial care as an integral part of comprehensive cancer care. Within the Podcast we share personal insights we gained from Mattie's cancer journey and why these experiences led to our vision to develop and implement evidence based Psychosocial Standards of Care. Hope you find the link below of value!

When Medicine isn't Everything:

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