Mattie Miracle 10th Anniversary Walk was an $119,000 success!

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

September 13, 2018

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Tonight's picture was taken in September of 2007. Peter took Mattie to a Nat's game. One of his first! This was at the old baseball stadium. Mattie was like me, meaning he enjoyed the people watching more than the game itself. Nonetheless, Mattie was happy to be experiencing a new adventure. 

Quote of the day: The secret to change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new. ~ Socrates

I am trying to live up to the Socrates' quote. Change in routine is difficult for all of us. But I would say it is particularly complicated when it comes to fundraising. Which is something that is already out of my comfort zone. I would love not to worry about where money is coming from each year. 

Our annual Walk in May is a tradition. In fact, this year will be our tenth anniversary Walk. Yet I have been hearing for years that others may wish to support us, but they don't want to come to a Walk. 

So in essence I have been encouraged to do a cocktail party for many years but I have always put it off because the energy to invest in something new is challenging. After all our target audience for an evening party should be different from the Walk. 

This year, one of our board members, who runs a bourbon distillery in DC, offered to host a free event for us. This was the push that I needed to actually plan a fall event. Yesterday, a core planning group got together and we brainstormed our Bourbon & Bites Bash scheduled for November 8 in Alexandria, VA. We are fortunate that another board member is opening her beautiful home for this event and a master distiller will be on-site to talk about the making of their bourbon and providing samples. 

But of course there will be more..... fine food, music, and information. Peter and I will talk about Mattie Miracle, and one of our researchers will also give a greeting and share with our attendees Mattie Miracle's vision and what we have been able to achieve on the national level. The biggest thing we wish to accomplish with this event, is to attract new supporters to our cause and organization. Because of that, there is no fee or suggested donation amount to come to this invitation only event. Instead, we wish our friends/board members/volunteers to invite their friends for an evening of fun and good food and drink. Of course the intention is that if you are coming, you will seriously consider becoming a supporter of Mattie Miracle. 

Keep in mind that all of this planning is going on, right in the midst of our Post-Halloween candy drive. Which is a show in and of itself. But our board member, Brett, who runs the distillery has been influential in my Mattie Miracle career. With Brett's guidance and support, Mattie Miracle.... 1) Created the first psychosocial resolution on Capitol Hill, 2) Held the first ever childhood cancer psychosocial symposium on Capitol Hill, and 3) Designed a whole new website which more accurately reflects our mission and accomplishments. So clearly, there will be a #4 to add to this list.... with Brett's support, we will be hosting the first Mattie Miracle evening event in our 9 year history. 

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