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

June 15, 2017

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Tonight''s picture was taken in June of 2007. We took Mattie to Pennsylvania for Memorial Day weekend. We had certain activities planned, but this one was something we just found while driving from one place to another. Literally in the middle of a farm field was this GIGANTIC trampoline. However, it wasn't high off the ground like most trampolines. This one was literally part of the ground. We pulled the car over to check it out and as you can see Mattie began running around on it and jumping. They say some of the best activities are unscripted ones. I would say that was the case here. 

Quote of the day: Empathy is the only human superpower - it can shrink distance, cut through social and power hierarchies, transcend differences, and provoke political and social change.Elizabeth Thomas

I am proud to announce that Mattie Miracle has secured its 15 endorser of the Psychosocial Standards of Care for Children with Cancer and Their Families. Our new endorser this week is the St. Baldrick's Foundation. The St. Baldrick's Foundation is the largest nongovernmental funder of childhood cancer research grants, funding more than $200 million since 2005 to support the most promising childhood cancer research. As a volunteer-powered organization, St. Baldrick's empowers its supporters to raise funds through various fundraising platforms and advocate for childhood cancer issues through its Speak Up For Kids Cancer network. 

Here is a listing of our 15 endorsers to date:

  • American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)
  • American Childhood Cancer Organization (ACCO)
  • American Psychological Association's Society of Pediatric Psychology (SPP - Division 54)
  • American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS)
  • Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Educational Specialists (APHOES)
  • Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses (APHON)
  • Association for Pediatric Oncology Social Workers (APOSW)
  • American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology (ASPHO)
  • B+ Foundation
  • Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology (CAPO)
  • Cancer Support Community
  • Children's Cause for Cancer Advocacy (CCCA)
  • Children's Oncology Group (COG)
  • National Children's Cancer Society
  • St. Baldrick's Foundation

To read the press release on St. Baldrick's Foundation Endorses Psychosocial Standards of Care for Children with Cancer and their Families as Envisioned by The Mattie Miracle Cancer Foundation, click the link below:

Press Release

1 comment:

Margy Jost said...

Vicki & Peter,

CONGRATULATIONS!!!! YOu must be so proud of the endorsements and what they mean💖

Also, I liked the quote about empathy. I believe it to be a great gift for those who have it. It is one of those things that is not a given, or that you can learn. It is an emotion that some people just have. To them, it is a natural, regular emotion in life.