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: www.mattiemiracle.com 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

November 29, 2016

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 -- Mattie died 376 weeks ago today. 

Tonight's picture was taken in February of 2009. On that particular day in clinic Mattie's art therapists were designing a hand painted sign for the inpatient pediatric units. Both Jenny and Jessie asked if Mattie wanted to put his hand print on the sign! He said.... NO!!! Then I suggested his foot, and Mattie jumped at the chance. Mattie used "Curious George," the only limb not operated on or impacted by cancer. To this day the sign and Mattie's foot print remain on the fifth floor of the hospital.


Quote of the day: When you cease to make a contribution, you begin to die. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt


I visited MedStar Georgetown University Hospital today with my friend Ann (who is also a board member of Mattie Miracle). We had the opportunity to push the Mattie Miracle Snack & Item cart around the pediatric inpatient units with Jane, our philanthropy contact at the hospital.

I personally believe it is vital to push the cart myself! It helps me see the effectiveness of the cart, how it is being utilized, and to interact with the families we are trying to support. Naturally I want to stock the cart with items that will be helpful, and I can only know this by seeing it for myself. 

Do you see the Georgetown sign I wrote about in the background? Mattie's little red foot print is on the top right hand corner. 


I got to see the reactions of parents and children for myself today as the cart revolved around the units! It was a great experience. Though the cart is for family members, if parents and nurses allow pediatric patients to visit the cart, we naturally welcome that. One child was so excited today that she filled up an entire drawstring bag with candy! Her whole face was beaming. So many parents can't believe that someone is there to offer them items for FREE. I interacted with many grateful and gracious parents and couldn't help but remember when I was in their shoes.... deeply stressed out and sleep deprived. 

While at the hospital I also ran into Mattie's lung surgeon, Dr. Chahine, who I absolutely love! He is not only a very competent surgeon, but he has an incredible and compassionate bedside manner. He visits all his patients post-surgery.... he doesn't just send a resident to do follow up! Dr. Chahine is also a Mattie Miracle supporter! In addition, I ran into several of Mattie's nurses, our case manager, and the wonderful administrative lady who works the front desk of the PICU. It was like visiting my second home in a way, and given that Mattie died on a Tuesday, it seemed even more meaningful to visit today. 

1 comment:

Margy Jost said...

Vicki, Your quote tonight affects me deeply for the truth of it is very real! Thanks, Margy