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 13, 2018

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 -- Mattie died 478 weeks ago today.

Tonight's picture was taken 10 years ago today, on Peter's birthday. Mattie was in the hospital recovering from limb salvaging surgeries, but wanted to celebrate his dad's birthday. He worked with his art therapists and designed a birthday cake made out of model magic for Peter. To this day, this cake sits on our bedroom bureau. I would have to say this gift was better than cake or anything else for that matter. It is a piece of Mattie's artistic legacy. 

Quote of the day: Candy is childhood, the best and bright moments you wish could have lasted forever.Dylan Laure

It has been quite a week already and it is only Tuesday. So far in two days, candy has been delivered to:

  1. Children's Hospital at Sinai (Baltimore)
  2. Hackerman-Patz House (Baltimore)
  3. Ronald McDonald House (Baltimore)
  4. MedStar Georgetown University Hospital (Washington, DC)
  5. National Children's Medical Center (Washington, DC)
  6. HSC Pediatric Cancer Center (Washington, DC)
  7. Ronald McDonald House (Washington, DC)
  8. Children's Inn at NIH (Bethesda, MD)
  9. Nourish Now (Rockville, MD)
  10. United Community Ministries (Alexandria, VA)

While I was handling the DC deliveries and the one at NIH, our friends Ann and Catherine took lots of candy to Nourish Now and United Community Ministries (UCM). UCM is a community-based, non-profit organization that provides comprehensive social services for Mount Vernon's vulnerable children, youth, and families in southeastern Fairfax County, Virginia. 

Nourish Now is a 501c3 nonprofit food bank, specialized in food recovery and providing donations from grocers, caterers, restaurants, bakeries, and other food donors for the benefit of children, families, and the elderly, as well as shelters, food pantries, and other organizations working to end hunger.

Nourish Now makes donations super easy, as they have volunteers on site to help unload and move food items for you. Our friend Catherine is pictured with two volunteers. 
 Nourish Now volunteers hard at work.
Because of the volume of candy collected, we have had to find alternative non-profits to support, with the excess candy. I assure you it isn't easy to find a non-profit to donate candy to, since many food banks refuse it. We are grateful to Nourish Now and UCM, who understand how happy candy makes children and families. Especially with the holidays approaching. 

Our friend Ann with UCM volunteers. We donated two shopping carts worth of candy. These organizations are very appreciative and I am thrilled this candy goes to good use. 

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