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

December 7, 2015

Monday, December 7, 2015

Monday, December 7, 2015

Tonight's picture was taken on December 5, 2007. That day I went into Mattie's kindergarten classroom as a parent visitor. I read the class a Jan Brett book entitled, The Gingerbread Baby, and then had the children decorate their own gingerbread cookie. I baked each of those cookies and the cookies looked just like the character in the book. Mattie's preschool teacher, Margaret, gave us this special book. She and I both liked the fact that the main character in the book was named "Matti." Of course so did my Mattie! Needless to say this activity was a big hit that day!!!

Quote of the day: One is not born into the world to do everything but to do something. Henry David Thoreau

I felt like I was on a treadmill today, doing one chore after the other. One of my major tasks was visiting the post office because I needed to determine how much postage would be required for our Foundation's holiday mass mailing. 

All the envelopes you see here will be mailed this week. It has been a lot of work, but each December Peter and I feel it is important to send greetings to our supporters. In addition, this letter also announces our December annual drive, in which we try to raise funds for the Foundation. 

Since I live in Washington, DC and I have a Post Office down the block from me, I could visit it and get my questions answered for this mass mailing. But that is NOT where I go! 

Our Foundation's PO Box is located in Arlington, VA and it is at this site that I met an outstanding post office employee years ago named Darryl. Darryl is a one of a kind. He helps everyone and he does it with an amazing smile and grace. The Post Office needs to clone Darryl! I rather drive 20 minutes and over the river to visit Darryl than interact with anyone at my own local post office. Darryl looks out for our Foundation's mailbox and on his tie he wears a Mattie Miracle awareness pin throughout the year! 

Though the Post Office customer line was out of control today, Darryl handled all my questions, found the right stamps and quantity for me, and then gave me these mail trays to help organize the letters. It will make it easier when I drop them off to him later in the week! Darryl is definitely one of the people I am thankful for and he is one of the special people that has come into my life because of Mattie Miracle! 

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