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 10, 2017

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Tonight's picture was taken in July of 2009. Literally a month before we found out that Mattie's cancer was terminal. I mean seriously look at Mattie. Does he look like he was about to die in two months? It is still hard to wrap my head around this. This photo was taken during one of Mattie's PT sessions in the hospital. Anna, Mattie's PT, was fantastic! The ultimate PT. She wasn't only competent but very skilled with dealing with the physical and mental challenges Mattie faced. Anna was the only one who was honest with me about the physical disabilities Mattie faced post limb salvaging surgery. Which I appreciated because without her knowledge, I would have thought something was wrong given that Mattie wasn't progressing with his movement. Anna found fun and creative ways to get Mattie up and using his body, which wasn't easy because he was typically in pain. 

Quote of the day: I am somewhat exhausted; I wonder how a battery feels when it pours electricity into a non-conductor? ~ Arthur Conan Doyle

I relate to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's quote tonight. At this time of year with the Foundation's biggest fundraiser, I have two modes...... VERY ON or OFF from exhaustion. I work around the clock on walk details, coordinating people, and trying to raise money. Any one of those items is enough for one person, adding them all up together, it is too much..... and tonight I have hit my tired limit. 

Here are some Walk Facts:

  1. As of today we have reached 72% of our Walk goal: $57,253 (goal is $80,000)
  2. We have 16 Walk Teams, who have raised $17,900 in total so far
  3. We have 23 sponsors, who have given us $26,000
  4. We have sold $1,200 worth of raffle tickets on line
For more details about the Walk, go to:

Mattie Miracle is very transparent about how we spend our Walk proceeds. A good chunk of the money goes to our local programs (child life and snack carts) and the rest goes to our national psychosocial standards project (which is now working on implementation of the standards). 

Mattie Miracle runs two snacks carts that offer FREE drinks, candy, more nutritional snacks, and toiletry items to families caring for a child in the hospital. These carts are located at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and Children's Hospital at Sinai.

Meet Morganne........MedStar Georgetown University Hospital's newest member of the Child Life staff. Morganne's position is funded fully by Mattie Miracle. The Foundation established the Mattie Miracle Child Life Program Fund in 2011, because we know the importance these specialists play in the daily lives of children with cancer and their families in reducing fear, anxiety and pain. On average this Mattie Miracle position supports the lives of 3,500 children and families at the Hospital a year.

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