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 16, 2017

Monday, January 16, 2017

Monday, January 16, 2017

Tonight's picture was taken in January of 2005. Mattie was two and a half years old and full of spirit. I think this photos says it all. Mattie was never very far from where I was. If I was in the kitchen he wanted to participate and there were times I would lift him up to the counter so he could watch what I was doing. Mattie wasn't the kind of kid I ever had to worry about touching the stove or cleaning products. He seemed to understand those were off limits to him and not a good idea to touch. But check out that smile.... a look of mischief for sure!

Quote of the day: Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing. Teddy Roosevelt

It has been another whirlwind of a day. If it was a three day weekend, I would never have known it. This is the beauty and curse of running a non-profit. Everyday is a work day. If you stop working, so does the Foundation. The Mattie Miracle Roundtable is keeping me very busy with managing people and the logistics and it is hard to believe that a week from tomorrow the event will be occurring. Honestly when we thought up this notion last summer, we did not know how we were going to pull this off. It requires money, lots of planning, and people willing to participate. Not to mention congressional support to get access to a room on Capitol Hill. We are grateful that the American Cancer Society (ACS), the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACSCAN, the advocacy and lobbying arm of ACS), and Dominion Consulting are co-sponsors of our event. ACS and ACSCAN have generously given us 
$12,500 to make the Roundtable a reality and to run it as we see fit. Dominion Consulting is helping us with promotion of the event and providing two professional consultants to help moderate the day. All this support is very much valued and appreciated because it enables us to pull researchers, payors, legislators, and advocates together to brainstorm the implementation of the Psychosocial Standards of Care. 

1 comment:

Margy Jost said...

I love the quote, you chose because yes the most satisfaction one can receive from work is work worth doing. Then it almost takes on thee feel of joy because it carries with it so much meaning. Your RoundTable sounds exciting. Thanks for all the work, you are doing to make it happen. I for one, am so rooting that Standards of Psychosocial support become a reality! I am also glad to know of the American Cancer Society's support for this important meeting.

I love the picture you posted of Mattie! He does look full of mischief, his eyes are sparkling. He is adorable in each picture!