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

May 26, 2016

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Tonight's picture was taken on June 1, 2002. Mattie was almost two months old. As you can see he was quite alert and tuned into his environment. As I always joked... Mattie was born on!

Quote of the day: There are as many worlds as there are kinds of days, and as an opal changes its colors and its fire to match the nature of a day, so do I.  John Steinbeck

Our first Corn Hole Tournament, held at the Mattie Miracle Walk, was a hit! It was a game for all ages and the energy it generated on the field was memorable. We want to thank the St. Stephen's and St. Agnes School Girl Scout troop for working with Mattie Miracle to create, assemble, and paint all six of our hand crafted corn hole boards! They did a beautiful job incorporating our logo (the sun with seven rays, a ray for each year of Mattie's life) on the boards.

A BIG congratulations to our tournament winners:

First Place: Mike Grusholt (winner of an iPad Mini 2)
Second Place: Alice Hurley (winner of two Nats baseball tickets, 4 Potomac Nationals tickets, and 10 raffle tickets)
Third Place: Sue Whitney (winner of a $25 gift card to the Great American Restaurants Group, and 5 raffle tickets)

The SSSAS Girl Scout Troop, their dads and grand dads working with Peter to assemble the Mattie Miracle Corn Hole Tournament boards. Thank you scouts!!!

The Girl Scouts presented Mattie Miracle with several artistic designs for the boards. One design in particular resonated with us. The girls incorporated the Mattie Miracle logo beautifully onto the boards. Boards which will be used each year at our annual walk.

Congratulations to Mike (Mike is Tricia's husband. Tricia was Mattie's favorite HEM/ONC nurse)! Mike and Tricia love corn hole. They play it at home! So Mike brought a special kind of life and energy to the game.

Congratulations to Alice on winning second place! We are so happy that adults and teens were winners this year!!!

This is Sue. She won third place in the Corn Hole Tournament, but she is also one of the Girl Scout Troop leaders at the St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School. Sue has encouraged her Girl Scouts to volunteer with Mattie Miracle over the last seven years and truly promotes our mission with the next generation.

An activity for ALL ages! The boards are beautiful, aren't they?!

Meet Debbie! Debbie has been our kid activity coordinator for seven years at our Walks. Peter and I knew we needed Debbie's skills this year to help run the corn hole tournament. Being that this was our very first tournament, we wanted it to run as smoothly as possible and for players to have fun.

Thank you Debbie for sharing your time, energy, and skills with us each year.

Corn hole was a buzz at the Walk! THROUGHOUT the day... both during free play and the tournament. We want to thank all our St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School and Bishop Ireton student volunteers who assisted us at corn hole and other activities at the Walk. We couldn't do this without you.

Doesn't this look like fun?!

This fellow is the grandson of Debbi, Mattie's sedation nurse angel. We were so happy to have Debbi and her family join us at the Walk this year!

We love this photo of Jake. Both concentration and style! Jake's mom is Jane. Jane is our Walk Team Coordinator and is instrumental to Mattie Miracle. Teams are a vital part of our Walk event and Jane helps me reach out to teams and brainstorms with me ways to get teams formed and engaged in the Walk. 

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