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

February 14, 2020

Friday, February 14, 2020

Friday, February 14, 2020

Tonight's picture was taken on February 14, 2009. I will never forget that day. I was locked out of the child life playroom at the hospital, so Mattie could work with his art therapists to great a Valentine's Day surprise for me. Mattie literally made me an entire box of Valentines. He decorated the box and even made me this glorious crown of hearts. I kept this box of wonderful creations and feel they are part of Mattie's legacy. Mattie's art therapist, Jenny, captured this photo of Mattie touching noses with me and looking into my eyes. This was a typical Mattie move, but one that wasn't always caught on camera, until this photo!

Quote of the day: We simply can't abandon ship every time we encounter a storm. Real love is about weathering the terms of life together. Seth Adam Smith

Nearly 64,000 cases of novel coronavirus have been reported in mainland China since December 31, 2019. This has become a global concern and something we hear about daily on the news. In fact, the CDC is closely monitoring the outbreak of this respiratory disease. On February 11, 2020, the World Health Organization named the disease 'coronavirus disease 2019' (abbreviated COVID-19). Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can infect people and then spread between people such as with MERS, SARS, and now with this new virus (named SARS-COV2).

Just like cancer, clearly the first focus is on the MEDICINE! Drugs that can fight back the disease and mitigate symptoms and the spread of the disease. But now two months into this outbreak, guess what is popping up? That's right, mental health issues and concerns. An article entitled, China launches hundreds of mental health hotlines amid coronavirus outbreak, is running all over the internet. Every news agency seems to be covering the issue, because like with any medical issue, IT'S NOT JUST ABOUT THE MEDICINE. What is reportedly on the rise in China is depression and PTSD. 

Yet unlike the USA, mental health issues remain a relatively taboo subject, and two issues are bubbling to the surface because of this: 1) will people feel comfortable expressing these concerns to officials, and 2) will there be enough "trained" mental health professionals on hand to manage these concerns. Currently, China has 2.2 psychiatrists available for every 100,000 people, this ratio is five times lower in comparison to the USA. 

Yet Chinese medical professionals welcome the launch of government run hotlines. Can you imagine how difficult life is for those living in China now? Being quarantined, not knowing if you are going to contract the virus, must less die because of it. I view this as deeply scary and challenging to our most basic needs for safety as human beings. It is hard to believe that we live in the 21st century and yet outbreaks and medical crises like this still exist. 

China launches hundreds of mental health hotlines amid coronavirus outbreak:

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