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 15, 2016

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 -- Mattie died 374 weeks ago today.

Yes tonight's photo is blurry! It was taken in November of 2006, at Mattie's preschool. That day the school was having a Thanksgiving celebration, in which the children and the teachers cooked some of the dishes being served. Peter and I were helpers in the classroom that day, which was very exciting. Prior to eating, Mattie's class was working on this wonderful structure out of red tubes. Mattie loved designing and building, so literally Mattie was taking the lead. Peter also loves the building process, so he and Mattie were having a ball together. Peter's energy also encouraged the other children to play along and get involved. I remember this day well because by the end of it, Mattie was running a fever and not feeling well. 

Quote of the day: I think it's important that we give back to society and our fellow man regardless of our professions. We all need help at times. And when we support each other, we're all a little stronger. Rhonda Hopkins

The candy deliveries began today! Just to get to this point in the candy drive, involved countless hours of candy sorting, bagging, and transferring. The process is still underway, and hopefully by the end of the week all the sorting will be done. But when you receive thousands of pounds of candy, it is a major operation. 

My first delivery today was to the HSC Pediatric Center in Washington, DC. Pictured here is Jenny, one of the child life specialists at the hospital. We donated 300 pounds of candy to HSC. 

My next delivery was to the Ronald McDonald House in Greater Washington, DC. 
We donated 500 pounds to the House. Pictured with me is Lesley, the day time house manager. Who is taking our photo? My Georgetown friend Tim. Tim no longer works at Georgetown, but instead is working at Ronald McDonald. It was a lovely surprise to see and catch up with Tim. Tim was our philanthropy contact at Georgetown for years and we developed a close working relationship. 

Check out my co-pilot! Sunny was a great companion. He did not touch the candy, didn't complain at any of the stops, but instead was helping me with Mattie Miracle business. 
Today Sunny and I delivered a total of 800 pounds of candy. This is currently what I loaded into the car this afternoon for tomorrow's delivery. This is what 60 2-gallon sized Ziploc bags looks like!

It is truly a lot of candy and a labor of love. 

1 comment:

Margy Jost said...

It is obvious the MATTIE Miracle Candy Drive is a success! Congratulations!!! I know it has to be a labor of love because all those pounds of Candy get quite heavy after awhile. Mattie Miracle's October/November drive for candy and the April drive for toiletries are such amazing family centered events. No one but another Oncology mom& dad know what would make a child and their parent feel somewhat special than to hear this cart rolling down the halls. The other hospitals in the area should be working with Mattie Miracle to ensure this happens at their hospitals. There are ways to make patients day a little brighter. I think the cart does this!!!!