Mattie Miracle 8th Annual Walk & Family Festival was an $88,000 Success!!!

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

June 23, 2016

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Tonight's picture was taken in May of 2008, on the last day of kindergarten. I had snapped a photo of Mattie on the first day of kindergarten (in September 2007) and I figured we needed a comparison photo. You can tell Mattie wasn't happy about having to stop for a photo on our deck before going to school. But he complied. We certainly thought we would have many more first and last days of school together! Little did we know!!!

Quote of the day: Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living. ~  Miriam Beard

I would say that the highlight of my day was returning home to find ALL the graffiti I have been reporting since September 2015 was gone!!! I can't tell you how excited this made me since I was having a very difficult time convincing the DC Department of Works that they were responsible for this property and NOT the State Department.

Frankly I did not care who was responsible for repairing this, I just wanted it done. I am all for creativity, but I do not deem this creative. But instead demoralizing and defacing of our Nation's Capital. In addition, it truly depressed me every time I saw it, which was often since it is very close to where we live! I reported this in September 2015 and then again in February 2016. Finally because I was persistent I received a phone call from the DC Department of Works. I explained the issue and explained my frustration. But nothing happened until I saw this sight today........................................

Honestly I have been so used to seeing this disgusting sight above, that at first when driving passed this wall, I was confused and disoriented. Then it hit me.... it did not look the same was because it was FINALLY cleaned. What this means to me is that persistence pays off, and never to under estimate how one person can make significant changes!!! 

1 comment:

Margy Jost said...


One person can make a difference. One Organization can change the minds of many with persistence. I am glad MATTIE MIRACLE is persistant in their quest to get the PSYCHSOCIAL STANDARDS OF CARE to match the medical ones. These two areas go hand in hand.
I know you won't give up. It is too important!!!
Mattie's end of year school picture gives no hint of what is to come soon. But like all other Mattie photos, I am captured by Mattie. How much living he did even in the months of illness. Life is about stories of different lives how they interact and intersect with the world.
Mattie's pictures encourage me to not take one minute for granted because just like his end of year photo, there are no reassurance for anyone. Life is fleeting. There is lots, we can learn from a little boy in all Mattie's pictures!