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 9, 2016

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Tonight's picture was taken in March of 2005. Mattie was almost three years old! This was another classic Mattie photo. Mattie loved to build bridges and obstacle courses with just about anything. So he took his chairs, turned them over and inside this arrangement he started parking his toy cars. But what gets me about this photo was Mattie's expression. To me Mattie's expression was saying.... I'm too busy to pose for a photo, but I will at least give you a smile.  If you asked Peter, he would say it was because he took the photo and not me. Peter always joked with me that Mattie smiled differently and looked directly at me if I was the photographer. I don't know, but when Peter says that it always makes me smile. 

Quote of the day: We can all make a difference in the lives of others in need, because it is the most simple of gestures that make the most significant of differences. ~ Miya Yamanouchi

The collection for the April Item Drive has begun. I spent several hours sorting the items that were donated to us by the Arlington Aerials Gymnastics Team. 

Five years ago, we started this tradition. I wanted to find a way to acknowledge Mattie's April 4th birthday. It is hard to know what to do when you lose your child. It isn't like people are going to celebrate with us or come to a birthday party. In fact as time goes by, it is rare for those around us to even talk about Mattie and where he would be today if he were alive. So instead, I knew if Mattie's birthday and life were going to be acknowledged there would have to be an event that people could contribute to. Not just contribute.... but to help others living with childhood cancer. 

Which is why the free snack and item cart that we sponsor at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital stocks more than just candy and nutritional snacks. It also holds toiletry items and keurig cups filled with coffee (a highly sought after item when living in a hospital caring for a child). When parents race to the hospital in an emergency with their child, many times toiletries are forgotten at home. Which is why having access to such items is considered a true gift. We are grateful to our supporters for making our item drive a success each year. Another tradition I have is I always take a photo of Mattie with all the items accumulated in his memory. 

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