Mattie Miracle 8th Annual Walk & Family Festival was an $88,000 Success!!!

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: www.mattiemiracle.com 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 10, 2017

Monday, April 10, 2017

Monday, April 10, 2017

Tonight's picture was taken in May of 2009. Despite the fact that Mattie couldn't walk independently, he was inspired to use tape. He literally taped Linda (his child life specialist) to the chair. It was actually a clever activity, because in the process of doing this, Mattie got his body moving, and in essence was doing physical therapy. Linda and Anna (Mattie's physical therapist) always thought outside of the box when helping Mattie. They knew they had to intrigue and motivate Mattie to participate in physical therapy, because gross motor movements were painful for him. All of this happened almost 8 years ago, but it is these psychosocial moments and human connections you remember forever. 


Quote of the day: There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up. ~ John Holmes


I finally sorted all the items that were donated to us for Mattie Miracle's 6th Annual item drive. Here is what our home looks like... filled with goodies. All of which will be donated this Wednesday to the hospital. 

We started this item drive six years ago and time it with Mattie's birthday. I did this purposefully because it accomplishes two things: 1) it reminds people of Mattie's life and legacy, and 2) we collect gifts for Mattie's birthday that will benefit other families coping with childhood cancer. 

All these items will help stock the Mattie Miracle Snack/Item Cart at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. Our new cart at Children's Hospital at Sinai, isn't ready to receive such items yet, but in time we will be contributing toiletries to two hospitals. But why did we establish the Mattie Miracle carts? 

When Mattie was battling cancer, our community support network provided all three of us with meals EVERY DAY for over a year. It did not matter whether we were in the hospital or at home, the items came to us. As time progressed with Mattie's battle, and it was indeed a battle, our community not only provided meals but brought us coffee, tea, and for me.... CHOCOLATE. I liked chocolate before Mattie's cancer diagnosis, but my chocolate addiction occurred during his treatment. Some people pop pills or drink, I pop chocolate. After Mattie died, I felt it would be a wonderful thing to be able to continue the tradition our support community established with us, but do it on a large scale. So the Snack/Item carts were born!!! Born out of tradition and the memory of a community who stood by us and supported us for more than 365 days! 

1 comment:

Margy Jost said...

Vicki,

I just love the picture of Mattie taping Linda to the chair. I love the intent look on his face. It is true, if one works hard enough and is willing and able to think outside the box, children will find their way to being interested. I am glad., Mattie had wonderful people working with him!!!

You know how I love your carts and its' mission. It is an enormous accomplishment !