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 8, 2017

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Tonight's picture was taken in April of 2008. Mattie received a birthday gift from a former neighbor who moved to NYC. When the neighbor mailed the gift to Mattie, there were all sorts of fun pictures and sayings all over the outer brown packaging paper. Mattie thought this was a riot and wanted to display the paper. We had it hanging on the wall for about a week. We shared this photo with our neighbors and they appreciated knowing how much this meant to Mattie.

Quote of the day: A failure is not always a mistake. It may simply be the best one can do under the circumstances. The real mistake is to stop trying. B. F. Skinner

Sunny and I went on a three mile walk today to pick up items that were being donated to us from Scout Bags. The owners of Scout have a child, now an adult, who is a cancer survivor. I am very familiar with Scout Bags, as they are a huge rage in Alexandria, VA. Nonetheless they are sold all around the world and the ironic part about all of this is when I went to a hospital fundraiser a few weeks ago, we were assigned to sit at a table and my place card put me right next to one of the owners of Scout Bags. We got to talking and I told him about Mattie Miracle and our annual raffle. He suggested I email him a request for items, which I did the next day after the dinner. To make a long story short, Scout Bags donated 8 bags to us today, one for practically every occasion. We have never had a raffle item of Scout bags before, so this is definitely a new basket idea to sell this year. 

The ladies loved meeting Sunny! We took a posed picture as you see above and then a photo with everyone doing a pose! Sunny was very compliant with the whole process!
On our walk back home, we passed the Potomac River. Sunny just loves watching and chasing the geese! I have been posting photos of Sunny on Facebook lately and one friend suggested to me that Sunny get his own Facebook page! Totally fun..... the adventures of Sunny!
This is what the eight items donated to us look like. Scout bags are made out of an almost indestructible material and come in all sorts of ever changing vibrant shapes and colors. They are fun and useful bags to use for travel, storage, etc. 

This is the story on Scout.....

In the early 2000’s, when co-founder and creative director Deb Johns was on a trip in Milan, a chic plaid carryall in the window of the Helmut Lang store caught her eye. She remembered selling a similar looking bag (at a much more affordable price) during a recent run of her pop-up shop, Fifi.

In this a-ha moment, Deb realized that if she were to create her own line of tote bags that perfectly blended fashion and function; and, if it came at a better price than its high-fashion counterpart, women and families would come calling. Shortly after, Deb Johns and her husband Ben Johns started SCOUT (they named the company after a beloved family dachshund). The SCOUT collection has since grown to include accessories, coolers, storage, and rugs.

As creative director, Deb has an incredible knack and passion for bringing the new and re-invented together in a very fashionable and irresistible way. This drive for reconception inspires new SCOUT collections.

1 comment:

Margy Jost said...

A wonderful blog! I love reading of people's generosity. Definitely going to check this raffle item out.
A travels with SUNNY blog would be delightful. I look at the pictures, you post, thinking how do they get to all those areas. You really live in an area that has many walk options!!!!
Mattie looks so happy in the picture! There is joy in this picture that is more than just smiling for the camerašŸŒ»

I really like your quote. Especially the last line, that says, "failure is in not trying" Failure has many definition in my world. Things happen, it doesn't work out, one moves to the next thing , feeling the failure, but pushing forward. Often, it would be easier just to stop however, I like the first version better.