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

April 28, 2017

Friday, April 28, 2017

Friday, April 28, 2017

Tonight's picture was taken in May of 2009. Mattie was visited by his friend Abbie. Mattie and Abbie went to the same preschool and were in the same kindergarten class. That day they decided to take a big bin (used to catch vomit in all reality) and make a concoction  inside of it of legos, goldfish, water, and you name it. They had a great old time. Visiting Mattie in the hospital wasn't always easy. There were times he did not want to see his friends, hear noise, and with that would refuse people access to his room. As a friend visiting, one had to understand this and not take it personally. Some parents refused to allow their child to visit Mattie as he got sicker, but regardless of how Mattie was doing, Abbie came to visit and play. In fact, she treated Mattie always as a friend, not someone she was simply visiting because he had cancer. 

Quote of the day: I dreamt we walked together along the shore. We made satisfying small talk and laughed. This morning I found sand in my shoe and a seashell in my pocket. Was I only dreaming? Maya Angelou

The little girl you saw in the photo above is now 15 years old. This is what Abbie looks like now. She is in 9th grade, where Mattie would be if alive. Abbie, with assistance from her mom, got to the donut store at 7am today, bought donuts and set up this sign-up table in the hallway of the high school. Abbie is trying to recruit students to join her Walk team, and believe it or not, donuts are a great incentive on a Friday morning. To make a long story short, Abbie recruited 10 other students so far, and collected over $100 in donations, in addition to registrations. 

A close up of the table! Duck Donuts just opened in Alexandria, VA, so it is the hottest donut right now, APPARENTLY! Abbie had flyers about the Foundation's Walk, registration forms, and in a matter of a short period of time, was very successful. There will be another donut incentive table next week at well at School. 
Tempting no? Apparently these boxes of donuts accomplished their goal today. Though Mattie missed 1st grade through 9th grade, it is wonderful to know that children still remember him. Of course, I do think that for these children who remember, they are nurtured and encouraged to do so by their parents. These parents aren't afraid to understand and reflect on the nature of such a significant loss. Accepting this loss and talking about it among teenagers isn't easy, which is why being given a safe platform to talk about this must happen at home. It isn't only a conversation that children should hear about from their school counselor. Mainly because this will be a VERY acute or non-existent conversation at some schools. Whereas processing and accepting loss takes a long time, and the only one going on this lifelong journey with a child is one's parents and family members.  

1 comment:

Margy Jost said...

Vicki, I especially appreciate the line in your blog that says, " the only ones on this lifelong journey who can teach their Children, are the parents." I am quoting even though your words are a little different to make a point. I think Abbie is pretty remarkable! One to have visited Mattie while he was sick and treat him as the good friend, he was, could not have been easy. Cancer is hard for adults to comprehend, all the suffering and changes much less a child the same age as Mattie. Young children model their parents and are better able to walk into any situation, even cancer of a young friend, if they see their parent visiting. I am hoping that Abbie will be the child who becomes the adult activist, working to make people with Cancer feel less alone and astrocized. She is on a good path to being a fundraising friend, one who makes a difference in the life of a person with Cancer.Abbie is a perfect example of a friend walking with, not away from, a friend who needs a friend!!!!

I loved your quote❤️��