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

May 26, 2017

Friday, May 26, 2017

Friday, May 26, 2017

Tonight's picture of Mattie was featured at the Mattie Miracle Walk last Sunday. It was one of our Forever Heroes posters on display around the track. We feel it is important to show the real faces of children who survived cancer as well as those who lost their battle. However, whether a child survives or dies, there are psychosocial issues that arise from both the treatment and death. I am honored that so many families from around the world (as far as the Philippines) shared their children with us so that we could create this beautiful display. 

Quote of the day: The greatest gift in life is to be remembered. ~ Ken Venturi

Over the course of the next seven days, I will be posting photos from the Walk on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Mattie's Blog. Today's photos highlighted our Forever Heroes posters at the Walk. This was a brand new addition to the Walk. In the past, Mattie Miracle only displayed posters of children who survived their cancer battle. However, after talking to my friend Ilona (who also lost an only child to cancer), at last year's Walk, I decided that Mattie Miracle had to address the reality of childhood cancer. Which meant acknowledging that five children a day in the United States die from this disease. I have been very cautious about talking about death and dying at our Walk because the majority of our Walk attendees are parents of healthy children. Seeing photos of children who died from cancer, maybe overwhelming to them and their children in attendance. But I decided that this had to be done and to push through my fears. We tried to display the posters in a sensitive and meaningful manner.... like a rainbow or half moon. 

I do think that introducing these posters to our walkers before the start of the actual event was helpful. I wanted our attendees to know that they would be seeing 66 faces of heroes, children who lost their battle to cancer. Though that maybe sad, I explained that bereaved families want their children to be remembered and that remembering their children is considered a gift. Quite frankly it is awful to lose a child to cancer, but that pain only gets magnified if we deem our children forgotten. I think this message resonated with our Walk attendees as I received many compliments on these posters. 

Two reasons that the Forever Heroes posters are vital to our event:

  1. Though it is heartbreaking to see a sea of innocent children on posters who died, the reality is this happens to five children a day! In addition, on top of dealing with a lifetime of grief, it is far worse for families to feel that their children are forgotten and that their lives no longer matter. 
  2. It is important that our attendees understand that the psychosocial issues do not END for families once their child dies. The death of a child remains with us always and bringing awareness to this vital issue is necessary. The psychosocial consequences of losing a child need to be discussed out in the open. 

We want to thank all of our Facebook families for sharing their heroic children with us. Mattie Miracle received a lot of feedback about how important, moving, and meaningful these posters were at the Walk.  Keep in mind that it took LESS THAN ONE DAY on Facebook to get close to 80 Forever Hero photos. Which speaks to how families are compelled to share their children, their stories, and to find meaning and purpose for this loss. 

Theses are our friends Ilona and Attila. They lost Chris, their only child, to cancer three years ago. I am very glad that our photographer was able to capture this heartfelt photo. They have established their own Foundation, The Chris Lantos Foundation, in memory of their son. 
These are our friends Wendy and Gavin Lindberg. They lost their only child, Evan, to cancer six years ago. They have established their own Foundation, EVAN Foundation, in memory of their son. 

1 comment:

Margy Jost said...

Vicki, to say, I am glad you displayed all the posters, you did, sounds wrong! What would make me happy is if there was no reason to bring awareness of the harsh reality of Childhood Cancer, that children die! The entire section was so moving, I wish I would have taken some photos. Especially of Brendan ROURKE to send to your friend Neil. I stood there reading what you had written on the posters, touched by the descriptions followed by the surreal feeling that all those children have died. I only knew Alexis. Although, in 20 years of work, I know many children who have died. I was the important information person at work who reminded staff of a child's birthday or anniversary of their death.
The walk, already very meaningful was made only more so by all the Posters.