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

June 7, 2016

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Tuesday, June 7, 2016 -- Mattie died 351 weeks ago today.

Tonight's picture was taken in July of 2002, at Mattie's baptism. The priest presiding was Jim Greenfield. I met Father Jim at the George Washington University and I always credit Jim for also giving me my first clinical client. While I was in graduate school I became friends with Jim. He is an extraordinary priest, which is why he is now the Provincial of the Wilmington-Philadelphia Province of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales. Jim gave Peter and I pre-cana (to get married in the Catholic church), he baptized Mattie, and he also presided over Mattie's funeral. While attending a graduation today of a Catholic School, don't you know they mentioned Jim in their ceremony! I associate Jim with our life with Mattie and as soon as I heard Jim's name, I was transported back in time. 

In this photo, from left to right were: Chris (Peter's brother), Lisa (Peter's Sister-in-law), Peter, Jim with Mattie, Vicki, Donna (Vicki's cousin), and Peter (Donna's husband)

Quote of the day: Share your sparkle wherever you are. ~ Dodinsky

I was invited to Isabel's graduation from Bishop Ireton High School. Isabel is the daughter of my friend Heidi. How did I meet Heidi? I met Heidi in my zumba class, however, Heidi actually knew of me before I met her. She had been reading Mattie's blog all through his cancer battle. She knew about us through her church. The funny part about this was when I entered zumba class on the first day (about a year after Mattie died), Heidi came up to me and hugged me. She knew me, but I did not know her. Over the years, I have gotten to know Heidi's family and have worked closely with her daughter, Isabel, through Mattie Miracle events. Isabel has volunteered many hours with the Foundation from middle school through high school. 

Today's graduation ceremony was at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. This is the largest catholic church in the United States and truly reminded me of St. Peter's in Rome. 

The ceremony featured 208 graduates, their faculty, two student speeches, and a commencement speech by an Admiral in the Navy. The Admiral told a story about his experiences captaining a submarine and the moral of the story was mistakes happen. But it is what we learn from mistakes and how we pull out of them which is important. It was a touching presentation, especially knowing that his daughter was in the graduating class. He told the graduates that many of the men he works with on his current assignment.... an aircraft carrier, are all about their age. That these men work hard, under terrible conditions to provide them with freedom and the ability to go to school, therefore he asked that they think about this before going to bed tonight. 

The basilica is a very special setting, along with the beauty of the organ commemorating the occasion.    

After graduation, Isabel and her family invited me out to lunch at Washington Harbor. This is Isabel and me with the Kennedy Center, the Watergate and Memorial Bridge behind us. 
 Heidi, Isabel, and me. 

Isabel --- the proud graduate!

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