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

January 6, 2017

Friday, January 6, 2017

Friday, January 6, 2017

Tonight's picture was taken in December of 2007. The reason I am posting this photo is because we were just at Butterfly World last week. Standing in this very spot! I will never forget our first trip to Butterfly World, it was a surreal experience because you can't imagine what it is like walking among butterflies! A friend asked me if visiting places I had once been with Mattie was difficult. I would have to say it isn't any more difficult than living day to day without Mattie. In some ways, returning to a place we were together helps to evoke memories and conversation, which are good things!

Quote of the day: As any parent, teacher, or librarian knows, there is no richer experience than to see children's faces light up at the suspense of a new tale or the surprise of a new poem. The uninhibited joy with which they listen is surely akin to that of adult audiences of old around campfire and hearth. ~ William Jay Smith

Tonight's quote seems to capture the spirit of my day. Surprises come in all forms, and they maybe different for each of us. One of my greatest surprises however occurs when I go to the Foundation's mailbox and pull out checks that I wasn't expecting. Mattie Miracle hosts an annual drive each December in which we do a mass mailing to 500 of our most loyal supporters and of course send out an email newsletter promoting our drive to thousands of people. In the course of the last two weeks, we have had about 100 individual donations. That may not sound like a lot but it most certainly is, when you consider I am the only one who processes them and writes letters of acknowledgment. There are two periods of time in which keeping up with acknowledgment letters is challenging, one is in December and the other is Walk season. We have about three hundred letters of thanks that go out then. But I take processing these donations very seriously, because I write personal notes to each donor and make a mental note of donor names. 

But the surprise came today with over twenty additional donations awaiting me in Mattie's mailbox. One of the twenty was from the Carl M. Freeman Foundation ( based in Delaware. They gave us a grant for $5,000. The surprise is, I did not apply for this grant nor am I familiar with this foundation. But this money is deeply appreciated because it will be added to the $5,000 the Goodwin House gave us this fall to create a wonderful psychosocial research grant. I have been wanting to establish a Mattie Miracle Research Grant application process, and we are well on our way. 

The photo above is of Carl M. Freeman. The grant was given to us by his grandson, Nicholas. I read a little bit about Carl and Nicholas' father, Joshua. Carl died in a car accident and Joshua in a helicopter accident. Such tragedy for a family. The Freemans are builders. Just look at this history.....

Carl M. Freeman began his real estate career in California in 1937, concentrating on sales and land planning activities. After six years in the business, he left California to join the Army. He served during World War II in the Army Engineers in the China-Burma-India Theater of operations. At the end of the war, he relocated to the Washington, D.C. area and resumed his career in real estate. Founded in 1947, the Carl M. Freeman Associates, Inc built its first housing community in Carole Highlands, Maryland. The award-winning development featured Mr. Freeman’s California Cottage home, creating a community of truly livable spaces. In the early 1950’s the Company expanded into apartment building development. Together with an emphasis on balconies, patios, and contemporary design, the fabulously successful Americana garden apartment became the company trademark through the 1950's and 1960's. The design, featuring the window-wall concept (such a feature can be found in my own living room today) to let the outside in, was quickly copied throughout the United States. Since the 1950s, the Carl M. Freeman Companies built planned communities in Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Iowa. During Mr. Freeman’s lifetime, the Company participated in the development of more than 20,000 apartment units, townhouses and single-family homes in over 50 residential communities.

Needless to say, I am deeply appreciative to all our supporters who made this year's annual drive our MOST successful to date!!! It is thanks to our individual donors that we can keep the psychosocial miracles happening. I am sharing this wonderful news about the Freeman grant with our supporters, because ultimately this will enable us to expand our program services. 

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