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 6, 2017

Monday, November 6, 2017

Monday, November 6, 2017

Tonight's picture was taken in October of 2004. Mattie was two years old and was at a Fall Festival. Mattie had a fascinating personality. He approached certain things with caution, like this long and steep slide. Mattie may have been cautious, but was intrigued and with support was eager to try going down the slide. As you can see he did this sitting on Peter's lap. By the following year, Mattie wanted to go down these slides himself. 

Quote of the day: Far be it from me to stand between a girl and her Skittles. ~ Sarah Weeks

This was the team of volunteers who helped sort candy for several hours today. 

We thank:

  • Claire and her son Connor (who at 8, apparently loves sorting candy and can do it for hours)
  • Peggy 
  • Liz and her son Jackson
  • Laura
  • Karen

Before the team left, I snapped a photo of them surrounded by candy!

Then we had several candy deliveries including one from my friend Margy (who collected candy from Burke, VA), and Ellen (a mom who lost her child to cancer; collected candy from her neighborhood in Arlington, her preschool, and a Brownie Troop).

Pictured left to right: Vicki, Laura, Ellen, and Margy
You can see some of the volume I faced today. 

The volunteers all left at 12:30pm, and it was at that point, I started working strategically. I bought twenty additional bins at Home Depot today, and then worked in this garage until 7pm! 
Candy everywhere! It can get overwhelming, but I don't take breaks because I would never have accomplished all that I did today if I had. 
You can see all my new bins. Home Depot was wonderful today. We ordered 20 gallon bins, but they did not have what we ordered on line, so they gave me bigger bins at the same price as the smaller bins. They even carried them to my car. They were very helpful!
So after 7 hours of intense work, and I assure you lifting bins and candy is exhausting, this is what the garage looks like tonight. Of course more chaos will ensue as more candy gets delivered! 

I am very tired tonight, but I am left wishing that fundraising was an easy as collecting candy! 

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