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

March 20, 2020

Friday, March 20, 2020

Friday, March 20, 2020

Tonight's photo was taken on March 18, 2009. That day we took Mattie to see the circus. It was his very first and last trip to the circus. We received a private box from Mattie's clinic to attend the show and Mattie loved the whole thing. Typically Mattie wasn't into NOISE, but the box seats made us all feel protected and more secure. We got Mattie all sorts of circus gear from a pretend sword to this light up elephant. In the audience was his friend in cancer, Brandon. During the intermission, we met up with Brandon and his family and Mattie truly had a great time that day. The sword and this elephant remain in Mattie's bedroom today. 

Quote of the day: Today's Coronavirus update from the CDC.

  1. Total cases: 15,219
  2. Total deaths: 201
  3. Jurisdictions reporting cases: 54 (50 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and US Virgin Islands)

The status of things seem to be changing by the minute with the Coronavirus. As now the Canadian and Mexico borders have been closed, Americans have been advised not to travel internationally and states like California, New York, and Illinois have a 'stay at home' mandate. With grocery stores, pharmacies, hospitals, laundromats, and take out food all still being open. 

We had two things going on today. Sunny had to go to the vet for his teeth cleaning, for biopsies of two skin growths and for xrays for his hips and back legs. Literally Peter dropped Sunny off at 8am. By noon, I called, and Sunny was still waiting to be sedated. As 4pm rolled around, I couldn't take it any longer and called back for an update. At which point, the vet spoke to me all with GOOD news. We were worried about his back legs and a lump we felt in his hip. Turns out to be muscular and with ten days on a muscle relaxant, he hopefully will be back to himself. Needless to say, he is loopy tonight on pain killers. I do think with this virus scare and staying at home, our minds went wild with what was wrong with Sunny. 

The vet did not allow any pet owners into the office. Instead, we had to call ahead, wait outside and a tech came to pick up and deliver Sunny to us. They are taking Coronavirus very seriously, and I am good with that. While waiting for Sunny, we participated on a nationwide conference call with the American Psychosocial Oncology Society's pediatric special interest group. It was a good meeting, where we all got to hear how two clinicians are actually implementing the Psychosocial Standards of Care at their treatment sites (one in Seattle and the other in Cleveland). After the meeting, I wrote to each clinician to thank them for promoting the Standards and I am hoping to capture some information from them which I can share in an upcoming Foundation newsletter. However, it is wonderful to see our vision slowly being executed around the Country. The big take away today was programs which thought they offered outstanding and state of the art psychosocial care, realize now after using our newly created checklist (that helps programs assess and rate themselves on a likert scale, as to how well they are meeting each standard of care) that there is vast room for improvement. I appreciated the candor in the conference call and I commend programs who want to assess how they are doing with the hopes of providing the best possible care to their children and families. 

In the midst of what we are all living with and the inordinate amount of stress we face each day, I thought posting these touching stories below, would provide some hope. That even under the worst of times, the human spirit finds a way to persevere. 

Grandma gets 95th birthday surprise from safe distance amid coronavirus pandemic:

Granddaughter reveals engagement to quarantined grandfather in touching photos:

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