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

April 15, 2016

Friday, April 15, 2016

Friday, April 15, 2016

Tonight's picture was taken in April of 2009. Mattie was in the child life playroom and performing a magic show for several of his psychosocial care providers. Mattie was learning magic that year from the "magic man," otherwise known as Bob Weiman, Mattie's head of the lower school. Bob learned these skills from his own dad and we were so honored that he was passing these unique skills down to Mattie. The trick Mattie was performing was the engagement trick. Bob actually did such a trick when he proposed to his wife. This is NOT an easy trick, but Mattie got it immediately! Mattie had very good fine motor skills. 

Quote of the day: We are prone to judge success by the index of our salaries or the size of our automobile rather than by the quality of our service and relationship to humanity. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

This morning Peter and I presented with three of our researchers at the Association of Pediatric Oncology Social Worker annual conference. Pictured with us from left to right are
Wendy Pelletier (Alberta Children's Hospital, Canada), Lori Wiener (NCI/NCI), and Barbara Jones (Assistant Dean of Health Studies, and Co-Director of The Institute of Grief at University of Texas, Austin). All three of these professionals are social workers. 

We presented for 90 minutes. In which we shared stories about Mattie, discussed our Foundation, history of the Psychosocial Standards of Care project, the methodology to create the Standards, and the next steps to get the Standards implemented. It was a very full agenda but it was met with great interest, questions, and the desire to participate in a survey that our group designed. The survey will be sent out on the Association's listserv and will capture data from treatment sites all over the Country. Specifically the survey will assess how each of the 15 standards are currently being implemented, if at all, at treatment sites. 

After our presentation, we were greeted with a standing ovation! Specifically the attendees and our researchers aimed the ovation at Peter and me..... parents who have lost a child to cancer and are using that loss to make a difference in the lives of other children with cancer. 

After a full morning, we then went to the Riverwalk in Providence and had a lovely lunch at Cafe Nuovo, overlooking a canal. 

I snapped this photo as we were coming into Boston. We are visiting Peter's parents for the next two days. The beauty of this is that Providence is only 50 minutes or so away from Boston. So it was an easy drive with NO traffic. 

When we arrived at Peter's parents' home, we were greeted by "Book Book," the wild turkey. He got this cute name from the sound he makes! This is ONE friendly bird. He did not seem to mind us in the least. When I tell you this fellow is HUGE, I am not kidding. 

Then we went for a Walk around the local pond, and saw many wonderful creatures. The sun was out and the weather is definitely spring like!!! Check out this happy cardinal, who stopped by for seed that Barbara (Peter's mom) left out for him. 

This beautiful swan was sitting on her nest, waiting for her eggs to hatch. People were stopped along the path to watch and take photos! 

You heard of ducks in a row. Well this is turtles in a row!!! With the glorious sunshine, these fellows were out on practically every rock and log. 

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