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

May 17, 2020

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Tonight's picture was taken at the Mattie March on May 10, 2009. Next to Mattie are Ariel and Tess. Both were undergraduate students of mine. Ironically both went into working in the healthcare field, as Ariel is a nurse and Tess is a physical therapist. There was a craft table at the Mattie March, and this was right up Mattie's alley!

Quote of the day: Today's coronavirus update from Johns Hopkins

  • number of people diagnosed with the virus: 1,486,515
  • number of people who died from the virus: 89,562

We had 414 registered participants from 50 states and 9 countries (Australia, Bermuda, Canada, Cyprus, India, Japan, Kazakhstan, UK, USA). In fact, our day started off with this photo....

It was step counts from the Funahashi family is Japan. Thanks to our friend Junko. She got both of her brothers to participate. Since Japan is 13 hours ahead of us, they kicked off our walk!

Out of the 414 walkers, 104 actually tracked their steps. Each of these walkers then emailed me a photo of their step counter documenting the steps taken from midnight to noon. I am still digging out of emails. In fact, Peter and I did not account for HOW POPULAR today's event was going to be. We really need a team of people manning emails and social media. Because we received hundreds of messages and photos. Needless to say, I will be digging out all week. 

But here's the bottom line. All of our walkers who tracked their steps, in total walked 1.5 million steps for Mattie Miracle today! Incredible no???

Here are our top walkers, who will be awarded prizes:

  1. Craig Lytle (1st place adult)--- 71,059 steps, won a Port City Brewery tour, tasting, and Growler Gift Pack
  2. Carter Lytle (1st place kid/teen)---50,054 steps, won Air Pods
  3. Maya Spriggs (2nd place, 12 years old)---48,517 steps, won a Nintendo Switch Lite 
  4. Melissa Spriggs (3rd place)---46,220 steps, won Apple TV
  5. James Rhilinger (4th place)---36,357 steps, won a $50 i-tunes card

Our Raffle Drawing was today at 12:30pm. We did a Live FB session to thank our supporters and to announce raffle winners. We sold 987 raffle tickets this year. Here are our winners:
  1. Nats basket: Andrea Smith
  2. Caps basket: Stacy Wiegleb
  3. Dining Around Town: Kathryn Atkinson
  4. t-shirt quilt: Ann Crozat
  5. Money Tree: Mark Bower
  6. Apple iPad: Alexandra Stuart
  7. Lego: Cesar Vinas
  8. Wine: Patty Lubin
  9. Scout bags: Nancy Lopez
  10. Disney: Kitty Goyette
  11. Gardening Therapy: Christine Cooper

Check out our Morning Greeting on Facebook:

Check out our closing and raffle drawing:

More to come as we continue to dig out! But as of tonight, we raised, $109,065! We thank all of our supporters for making this possible, even in a pandemic. 

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