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

March 11, 2017

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Tonight's picture was taken in May of 2009, during the Mattie March. The Mattie March was the predecessor to the Mattie Miracle Walk. As you can see Mattie was alive and in the center of the photo. Mattie's school community hosted an event on the campus to raise money for Mattie's care and to also show Mattie that his friends and family were behind him on this battle. This meant a lot to Mattie because while battling cancer, he did not go to school nor see his friends. It was a very isolating journey for him. I had a college student interview me today for a class assignment and she wanted to know how the Foundation decided to host an annual walk. In all reality the Mattie Miracle Walk is a continuation of a tradition that Mattie's School established for us in 2009. Since that initial event at the School, the walk has grown and evolved, but the premise and inspiration for the Walk originated with our care community. I find this is a very meaningful tribute to the memory Mattie left behind. Though Mattie isn't physically with us at the Walk, the Walk is always bittersweet for us because being on the School's track takes us back to the event in which Mattie was right by our side. 

Quote of the day: It is an absolute human certainty that no one can know his own beauty or perceive a sense of his own worth until it has been reflected back to him in the mirror of another loving, caring human being. ~ John Joseph Powell

This is what I woke up to this morning right outside my window.... The Rock and Roll marathon. I can always tell when Route 66 is blocked off because we don't hear any traffic going by. Which is totally unusual. This was a fun sight to watch, even Indie the cat was on the window sill checking it out. 
Meanwhile this afternoon, a rainbow formed on our wall. We both love seeing rainbows as that too reminds us of Mattie. In any case, Peter wanted to know what was causing this rainbow and went downstairs to explore for an answer. 
The sun was reflecting through our Flame of Hope award that was given to us by MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. Seems rather symbolic that it was this award causing the rainbow. An award we received for the work we do in Mattie's memory!!!

We were on a mission today for find the right frames to start featuring some of the amazing photographs we have taken throughout the years. We have a blank wall in our bedroom. It is blank because a few years ago, we went on a cleaning spree and also painted every room in our home. With that, it left several walls quite bare. I have been dealing with that, but have wanted to create a wall that highlights some of the places we have visited and another wall that highlights some of the wonderful nature photos we have captured. So today, we purchased 15 large frames. So we are well on our way to making this a reality, now it is a matter of selecting photos. Which won't be easy, since there are so many I love. But once the wall gets transformed, I will share the final product. 

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