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: www.mattiemiracle.com 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 9, 2020

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Tonight's picture was taken in May of 2006. Mattie was four years old and in preschool. In Margaret's classroom, there was this neat loft. Mattie and his buddy Zachary (in the background) loved playing up there. That day I was the parent helper, so I got to see Mattie in action. Mattie's preschool was a co-op program and parents were required to volunteer in the classroom at least once a month. Which was just fine by me, as I was a very hands on parent. I am glad I had these moments, because I wasn't given a lifetime with Mattie, so I am glad I made the decision to have my life revolve around him. 


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

  • number of people who were diagnosed with the virus: 1,307,676
  • number of people who died from the virus: 78,746


Today's Mattie Miracle Virtual Walk update:

  1. 228 people registered to walk
  2. 45 states participating
  3. 29 walk sponsors
  4. raised $76,909 so far
  5. 467 raffle tickets sold
  6. 279 individual walk donations
  7. 15 walk teams

In our home it is all Walk, all the time! Until May 17th is over, this virtual walk will be occupying every minute of our day. I really thought a virtual event would be easier than a live one. But given how I am feeling now, I don't know how I ever managed the admin of this Walk and also planned for a live event. I just don't feel like I would have the stamina to host a live even this year. I am not sure why I feel this way, but I think knowing that we are all living over 50+ days in shut down, does take a toll on one's attitude and mood. 

I do know that it is harder than ever to raise money and naturally the impact on the health and welfare of our society is weighing on people's minds and this translates into donations made to non-profits. Or in times like these, people want to support non-profits that directly provide support toward the crisis at hand. Makes sense and yet at the same time, the crisis of childhood cancer has not diminished or disappeared during the coronavirus. Instead, the psychosocial issues have only magnified. 

I am grateful to have the loyal support of so many of our donors, who have enabled us to raise close to $77,000 so far. One more week to go, and I truly don't have a feeling for how the actual virtual walk event will go. 

May 8, 2020

Friday, May 8, 2020

Friday, May 8, 2020

Tonight's picture was taken in May of 2006. Mattie was four years old and enjoying his time out on our deck. At one point, Mattie's sandbox frog sat on our deck (now its in the commons area for all children to enjoy). Notice that Mattie wasn't sitting in the sand, but rather in the sandbox lid! He filled it all up with his sand toys and was pretending it was a boat, with his shovel as an oar.  


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

  • number of people diagnosed with the virus: 1,281,246
  • number of people who died from the virus: 76,901


It was a long day today that involved several hours on a zoom video call. NOT my favorite mode of communication. The notion that this is how businesses will continue to operate when things stabilize is frightening. There are many problems with this pandemic, but one major one is we have been locked up at home for over 50 days. During that time, work has been performed (if one is lucky enough to have a job) virtually. Things that once involved live conversations have migrated over to virtual calls and for the most part I am sensing that some people find this more efficient and this is how it should remain even when our states open back up. I am not a meeting person in general, but if a meeting has to occur, then nothing replaces face to face contact. I am hoping that this "new normal" as people call it does not become the norm. I did not like the 'new normal' lexicon when Mattie had cancer and I most certainly don't appreciate it now. 


The highlight of my day was Peter bought me ice cream. Even seeing the photo makes me smile. 













So what's the Virtual Walk update for today? Here you go.....


  1. 219 people registered to walk
  2. 45 states participating
  3. 29 walk sponsors
  4. raised $75,730 so far
  5. 436 raffle tickets sold
  6. 262 individual walk donations
  7. 14 walk teams
If you know ANYONE in Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska or Alaska, please encourage them to participate and go to: www.mmcfwalk.com

May 7, 2020

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Tonight's photo was taken in May of 2006, on Mother's Day to be specific. That day, Peter and Mattie took me to Tower Oaks Lodge in Maryland. I always loved going to the Lodge, because Mattie liked their outdoor pond (with fish and turtles) and food, and I especially loved how they gave moms a plant on Mother's day. I remember coming home with several geraniums over the years.  


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

  • number of people diagnosed with the virus: 1,254,740
  • number of people who died from the virus: 75,543


Mattie Miracle and its core walk committee are working away on the May 17th Virtual Walk. Here's the update:

  1. 211 registered participants
  2. 44 states participating
  3. 7 countries participating (USA, Canada, Japan, Australia, Kazakhstan, Bermuda, & Cyprus)
  4. 29 event sponsors
  5. Raised $74,630 so far            
  6. Sold 419 raffle tickets
  7. 248 individual donations to the event
  8. 13 walk teams

Learn more at www.mmcfwalk.com

May 6, 2020

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Tonight's picture was taken in May of 2006. It was Memorial Day weekend and we took Mattie to Sesame Street Place in Pennsylvania. Mattie had a great time at the park and we bought him an Elmo balloon. Mattie was huge Elmo fan, so he was eager to get a balloon. However, a Sesame Street character walking around saw Mattie and came up to him and gave him a second balloon for free. It was a double Elmo day! 









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

  • number of people diagnosed with the virus: 1,227,430
  • number of people who died from the virus: 73,095


Tonight's Mattie Miracle Virtual Walk update:


  1. We have participants from 40 states 
  2. 185 registered walkers
  3. 27 event sponsors
  4. raised $73,306 so far
  5. Sold 355 raffle tickets
  6. 218 individual donations
  7. 13 walk teams

Get involved go to: www.mmcfwalk.com

May 5, 2020

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 -- Mattie died 553 weeks ago today.

Tonight's picture was taken in May of 2006. Mattie was four years old and very excited about the fact that his crib/toddler bed was dismantled and in its place he got an adult twin bed. Mattie even got to pick out his sheets. Given that he was a Bob the Builder TV show fan, it made sense that this theme carried over into his sheets. Not to mention sheets with dinosaurs, trains, and of course Lightning McQueen. 


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

  • number of people diagnosed with the virus: 1,203,892
  • number of people who died from the virus: 71,043


Today was like running the marathon. Sunny had his one month follow up appointment with his surgeon. So that was in Vienna, VA. About thirty minutes from where we live. Then in the afternoon, he had his first physical therapy appointment in Leesburg, VA. Which is over 40 minutes away from us! So literally we were in the car for several hours today. I would have to say that Sunny is exhausted and dealing with pain tonight. However, he got a good report from both his surgeon and therapist. The therapist calls him "her highness." As she loves his personality, yet regal nature. 

The highlight of my day was lunch! This is the first meal in 50 days that we haven't cooked ourselves. Because we were running around from one appointment to the next, we stopped at one of my favorite stores to get a salad. 

The rest of the day was like living in the land that time forgot. I was glued to the computer managing Walk related questions and donations all day. But being busy is a good sign, because that helps us get closer to our Walk financial goal of $100,000!

So here are tonight's walk facts:

  1. We have participants from 32 states
  2. 172 registered virtual walkers
  3. 12 corporate sponsors and 15 individual sponsors
  4. Raised $69,709 so far
  5. On-line raffle sold 339 tickets
  6. 201 individual donations
  7. 12 walk teams

May 4, 2020

Monday, May 4, 2020

Monday, May 4, 2020

Tonight's picture was taken in May of 2006. I will never forget snapping this photo. Mattie was four years old and in his hands was a photo of when he was a toddler. Mattie smiled and was standing next to our coffee table. The same table in the photo Mattie was holding. I love this photo because it shows how much Mattie had grown in just a few short years. As a toddler Mattie had to hold onto the table because he wasn't walking independently yet. Back then the table came up to his waist. However, in 2006, he was much bigger and the comparisons here truly illustrated his growth. 



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

  • number of people diagnosed with the virus: 1,177,784
  • number of people who died from the virus: 68,442


This year we have launched a 50 states campaign. Our goal is to get participants from every state in the country to walk virtually with us on May 17th. A participant can 1) register for the event, 2) donate to the Walk, 3) be a Walk sponsor, or 4) purchase raffle tickets. To date we participants from 29 states! If you know someone in a non-orange state, please encourage them to get involved and check out our Walk website: www.mmcfwalk.com
HELP US GET TO 50!

Some more Walk updates:

  • 150 registered to virtually walk
  • 29 states participating
  • 13 corporate sponsors and 11 individual sponsors
  • $67,263 raised so far
  • 303 on-line raffle tickets sold
  • 177 individual donations
  • 12 walk teams

May 3, 2020

Sunday, May 3, 2020

Sunday, May 3, 2020

Tonight's picture was taken in May of 2006. Mattie was four years old. That day, Peter took Mattie to Target. Together they picked out his first bike with training wheels. As well as this cute red helmet. By that afternoon, they had the bike assembled and Mattie was on it and riding around in our commons area. 


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

  • number of people diagnosed with the virus: 1,154,621
  • number of people who died from the virus: 67,451


This was my morning view! Peter was outside on our balcony with Indie and Sunny! Sunny loves the balcony, because there is a lot of bird and squirrel action in the trees. Indie isn't usually allowed out on the balcony. So today was novel for her, and she took to it like a duck to water. 
Meanwhile, this was what Peter's hair looked it. It was growing like a weed. Totally out of control and unmanageable. So I performed my first haircut on him today! This is the before photo!
Here is the after photo! I joked, that I could add this skill to my resume!
We went to the National Mall for our usual walk. Since the President is talking from the Lincoln Memorial tonight, parts of the Mall were totally gated off and surrounded by police. Yet there was still plenty of space to walk around, see people, and appreciate fresh air and greenery.  
Peter snapped this artistic photo of the sun and the Washington Monument. 
My priceless pooch! Happy to see me after we got back from a long walk. 
I call this Mattie's rhododendron. In our commons area we planted many trees, bulbs and bushes. We planted them in an area where Mattie used to pile his sticks, branches and other finds from our nature walks together. To me this area is now Mattie's memorial garden. The blooming of the rhododendron in this garden, always falls around Mattie's birthday!