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 22, 2020

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Tonight's picture was taken in April of 2009. Mattie was in his room playing. You will notice that there was chaos all around us. We built forts made out of blankets and had toys and gifts piled up all around us. Because Mattie had trouble moving around and couldn't walk, he started using hand grabbers. Honestly Mattie's spirit and resilience were amazing, because the average person facing his same physical challenges and cancer treatment most likely would have been cowering in the corner.  

Quote of the day: Total confirmed Coronavirus cases in the USA: 32,644. With total deaths in the USA: 402. Info provided by Johns Hopkins

I opened up our blinds this morning and saw...... police cars and trucks! This is Route 66, a main highway in our region. Yet things were coming to a stand still. I immediately knew why...... they were trying to prevent traffic to the tidal basin where the cherry trees are located.  
This afternoon, we took Sunny back to the National Mall. I could feel my anxiety as we were approaching the Mall, because I was fearful of running into groups and groups of people like we did yesterday! 

However, this was today's sight! This is Independence Avenue, a main route through our City. It was closed off and therefore the traffic jam we saw yesterday in this location was non-existent today.

Instead Independence Avenue was open to walkers, bicycle riders, and skaters. We passed many people who felt that DC should always close off this avenue during Cherry Blossom season. As there is something special about walking the city without car traffic. 
The trees are glorious! It almost looks like they are covered in snow. 
The backdrop of the Washington Monument. Though there were people walking about, it was NOTHING like yesterday. Social distancing was happening and I was thrilled to see a police presence. 
Glorious no? A sight to be seen during the absolute chaos we are facing each day. 
A close up. We all have ways to cope with the intense stress we are living with, for me it helps to walk and to check out the surprises nature has in store for us this spring. 
The Washington Monument and the Cherry Blossoms. 
Right outside our complex is this wonderful planting! Vibrant and springy. To me this gives us hope. Hope which I admit is hard to hold onto when we are told that we need to stay in place for what could be months. 

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