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 17, 2017

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Tonight's picture was taken in June of 2009. It was the morning of Mattie's sternotomy. As you can see Mattie was surrounded by Tricia (Mattie's favorite HEM/ONC nurse), Linda (Mattie's child life specialist), and a young college student who was a juggler. Linda brought in the juggler to entertain Mattie and to take his mind off his surgery. Some people think the doctors and surgeons are the miracle workers. Yes they are skilled, but it is the psychosocial people who are the ones who sit with you through the TOUGH stuff and make the horrific slightly more bearable. That to me is priceless!!!

Quote of the day: Whoever loves much, performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well. Vincent Van Gogh

Walk Facts For Today

  1. We have reached 86% of our financial goal, and are now at $68,500. 
  2. There are 250 pre-registered for the Walk
  3. We have sold 367 on-line raffle tickets
  4. We have 18 walk teams, of which here are our top 7 teams

Congratulations to our top 7 teams: 

  1. Book Club & Friends
  2. RCC and Friends
  3. Mattie Moon
  4. Ryan's Rowdies
  5. Blessed Sacrament Bullfrogs
  6. Team KIMBER
Congratulations to the Blessed Sacrament Bullfrogs Team who will be winning an award for the team with the most number of registered participants by May 15th. Their team has 41 members!

1 comment:

Margy Jost said...


I did not remember that Vincent Van Gogh said " what is done in love is done well." That statement is so true. I have witnessed it. Love conquers, it may not change the situation but love stays when everything else is falling apart. This I believe to be true too!

I will forever believe psychosocial support is extremely important. I have watched a child's whole day turn around because of attention & diversion from worry about what is going to happen next. I have watched children & families find empowerment with their psychosocial team to find the strength & determination to accomplish things, they once thought they couldn't.

I believe firmly that psychosocial support and the medice together make a difference for the life of a child in treatment for Cancer. The medicine alone can only go so far, if the psychological needs of the children & their families are not met!