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 11, 2016

Monday, April 11, 2016

Monday, April 11, 2016

Tonight's picture was taken in April of 2003, during Mattie's first birthday party! Mattie had an Elmo themed party that year because he was absolutely in love with that RED Sesame Street creature! Gatherings with noise were problematic for Mattie back then and I remember he and I went upstairs a few times to regroup. Of course by his third birthday party, things had changed. It is funny when you go through it, you think that stage will never end. Looking back, having some perspective, I realize it ended quickly. Of course at the time, I thought it went on forever.  

Quote of the day: It has been said time heals all wounds.  I do not agree.  The wounds remain.  In time, the mind protecting it’s sanity covers them with scar tissue and the pain lessens, but it’s never gone. ~ Rose Kennedy

I just received this flyer today! Take the Stage Performance Company, based in Rockville, MD is hosting a Musical Benefit for Mattie Miracle on Sunday, April 24th at 3pm. 

How did this happen? Well one of the directors of the company is Susan Thompson. Susan is the wife of one of our board members. In July 2015, Peter and I were invited to participate in an International Conference in DC to launch the soon to be published psychosocial standards of care. The conference chair wanted to feature children performing at the conference's opening session. I recommended Susan's troop. The kids did an absolutely fantastic job. After all, the came into a crowd of hundreds of people and performed without the right acoustics and sound system. Their voices were charming as was the spirit and energy they brought to the room. They got standing ovations after their performances! We recorded two of the songs they did at the conference below:

Everything has its season:

Home, Nothing is easy:

We realize that this benefit concert comes on the heels of our upcoming Walk in May, but I felt compelled to do this since this is something the children are motivated to do! I just love the notion of children using their talents for a cause! If you are local to DC, please consider coming on April 24th. You can purchase tickets, which are $15, at:


About Take the Stage:

Take the Stage Performance Company showcases the top young talent from the Washington, D.C. region in two musical theater performing ensembles encompassing grades 3 – 12 and grouped by grade level. Ensemble members learn and perform musical song and dance numbers from Broadway and movie musicals. Performances include a fully produced musical revue with tickets available to the public, several road shows at local festivals and community events in the Washington Metro area, and an informal cabaret showcase evening for the ensemble members and their families.

The emphasis at Take the Stage is on performance and learning through doing. Each performer is challenged to grow and stretch his or her skills in a warm and nurturing rehearsal environment. We create a performance community where performers feel challenged and engaged, and where they have the opportunity to cultivate and apply their considerable talents.

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