Mattie Miracle 2021 Walk was a $125,000 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

November 5, 2014

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Wednesday 5, 2014

Tonight's picture was taken in October of 2008. Mattie was in the child life playroom of the Hospital and as you can see was transforming a huge piece of construction paper into an ocean. In his ocean Mattie created fish, a whale and even a bridge made out of model magic. Crossing Mattie's bridge were several cars. Cars always had a way of making their way into Mattie's play scheme. One of the ocean creatures Mattie made that day was covered with googly eyes. It wasn't pictured here, but ironically this creature still exists today and sits in his book shelf in his room on display. 

Quote of the day: In separateness lies the world's great misery. In compassion lies the world's true strength. ~ Albert Schweitzer

The Mattie Miracle Candy drive collection runs until November 10th. This is our fourth annual drive and thanks to social media the word is out about the drive. We are getting emails, messages through Facebook, and tweets about the drive. I almost can't keep up with the requests!!! Today alone we had individuals requesting to make large candy donations..... I am talking about wanting to donate hundreds of pounds of candy, not just a bag or two!!! My joke with Peter was..... wouldn't this be wonderful if fundraising was this easy?!!! As you can see my home is starting to develop candy piles all over the place as the sorting is well on its way. 

This year we are donating candy to Georgetown University Hospital, Children's National Hospital, Children's Inn at NIH, and the Hospital for Sick Children. I am working on other local hospitals as well that treat children with life threatening illnesses and terminal illnesses. 

I am not the only one whose home has candy chaos in it! My friend Tina who is running around town in Alexandria, VA promoting this event, is also collecting the candy and sorting it. Today she collected candy at the Alexandria Country Day School. Here is her Wednesday sorting process!

Tina also collected candy at the Barcroft Sport and Fitness Center where the Aerials Gymnastics Team
practices. The team was collecting candy for Mattie Miracle. This was just one of the bags being carted out of the Center tonight!

Meanwhile in Maryland, my friend Leslie has candy chaos at her home!!! She and her daughter, Faye, have been collecting candy from their temple community at B'nai Shalom and from the American Bankers Association! The collection and sorting has been very successful this year in Maryland and the community feels so good about their participation that I hear they want to be involved in our Spring Item Drive as well! Music to my ears!

Here is a list of some of the schools and community organizations assisting Mattie Miracle this year collect candy for our Fourth Annual Drive! We are deeply grateful and proud to be connected with our DC, Virginia, and Maryland communities. 

Alexandria Country Day School (
Douglas MacArthur Elementary School (
Lab School of Washington DC (
Lyles-Crouch Traditional Academy (
The River School (
St. Stephen's and St. Agnes School (

American Bankers Association (
Arlington Aerials & Tigers gymnastics teams (
B'nai Shalom of Olney (
Fairlington Dental (
Honest Soul Yoga (
Moms Club of Bethesda-NW (
Presto Valet (
Body Dynamics INC (

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