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 27, 2017

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Tonight's picture was taken in September of 2008. Mattie was a month into treatment. While home, his close preschool friend, Zachary, came to visit. Zachary brought Mattie an Indiana Jones hat and other accessories. Mattie loved the hat, which sits on our Mattie memory rack in our living room. As if the hat is waiting for its owner to come back and wear it. Throughout Mattie's battle with cancer he had a handful of friends like Zachary, who came to visit him regardless of the situation. I am not sure who I admire more.... the children or their parents. Because it takes courage to enter a hospital room and see a child sick with cancer and transformed by the treatment and the disease. Many parents over time did not allow their children to come and visit Mattie, and I can appreciate why. But I have to say I am thankful for those who kept on visiting Mattie until the end. 

Quote of the day: The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it. ~ William James 

Peter and I both subscribe to one of our corporate sponsor's blog postings. Dominion Consulting has been sponsoring the Mattie Miracle Walk since 2012. They are our largest corporate sponsor and I was thrilled to see their posting today entitled, "NOT JUST ABOUT MONEY…OUR COMMITMENT TO THE MATTIE MIRACLE FOUNDATION."

The NOT JUST ABOUT the MONEY is a direct take off of our tag line.... IT'S NOT JUST ABOUT the MEDICINE. Which was great to see, but it is the message behind their blog title that was so meaningful. 

Dominion Consulting not only financially supports Mattie Miracle, but they also coordinate a Walk Team to help raise funds, they host an activity table at the Walk, they provide us with professional resources such as consultants who moderated our psychosocial round table on Capitol Hill in January, and they also provide assistance with press releases.

Mattie Miracle knows "It's NOT just about the medicine," but Dominion Consulting clearly shows us "it's NOT just about the money." They stand behind our mission in all ways possible. I am not sure how we lucked out to find such a committed community partner, but I encourage our Walk attendees to visit Dominion Consulting's activity table at the Walk and if you don't know who they are, they will be the people who are ringing orange COW BELLS at the starting line of our Walk! 

To read Dominion Consulting's blog posting, go to:

1 comment:

Margy 1317 said...

Vicki, I can't even think how to begin a comment on a blog that was so complete of the goodness, we can find in others. I am so glad Mattie had Zachary & Abbie. They were remarkable but their parents must have been also. It is so easy to think we are doing the best thing for our kids when we shield them from hard, horrible realities. Mattie's Cancer was very real and life altering for Mattie, you & Peter. Cancer took Mattie from you, forever. However, Mattie was still Mattie. Cancer did not define him ever. Those 2 kids were taught to look beyond the Cancer, see their friend for who he really was. To keep the Mattie, they knew alive while seeing how horrible Cancer is.. Children can only learn this at home. Children learn to embrace not to fear from their parents. Children learn acceptance from modeling their parents. I feel certain in every interaction, they had with Mattie, he taught them valuable lessons about life. Children can have a major impact on the morale of a friend fightinging a life threatening illness.They learn in the process compassion, kindness & acceptance!