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

September 4, 2019

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Tonight's picture was taken on September 7, 2008. This was during Mattie's first month of treatment. That evening, Peter surprised Mattie with a gift from his colleagues in Peru. They wrote a song for Mattie entitled, "My Little Child." The song was precious and Mattie LOVED it. He played it over and over again that night, I can't tell you how it energized Mattie. He was dancing to it for at least an hour, and I captured the motion in this photo. 

Quote of the day: No one is actually dead until the ripples they cause in the world die away. ~ Terry Pratchett

I had the opportunity to talk to two women today who are spearheading a docuseries on Childhood Cancer. They got connected to me through Dr. Shad (who now is the chief of pediatrics at Children's Hospital at Sinai, Baltimore, MD). As a recap, Dr. Shad was one of Mattie's doctors at Georgetown Hospital, and was on call the night/day that Mattie died. Since Mattie's death we have remained close to Dr. Shad, and she also sits on the Mattie Miracle board. 

We are very honored that Dr. Shad recommended our non-profit to be featured in this docuseries. Mattie Miracle is different! We are unique because our sole focus is on psychosocial advocacy, awareness, and support for children with cancer and their families. It is wonderful to have this opportunity to share Mattie, his story, and the Foundation's mission with the world (as the docuseries is geared to the non-cancer community). Mattie Miracle pioneered new territory in the advocacy space to include psychosocial care in comprehensive cancer treatment. 

I am happy to say that the docuseries is a grass roots effort and is being funded from corporate sponsors and other individuals, all of whom are not coping with childhood cancer. Mattie Miracle is opposed to projects that solicit from childhood cancer families, as our goal is to serve this community, not profit from them. The director and producer of this docuseries are familiar with the childhood cancer space and the director in particular is passionate about bringing attention to childhood cancer, as her best friend's son died at the age of 13 from the disease. 

It was a good call today and now we have about a month to prepare to be interviewed in mid-October. The interview will take place in our home. I am used to writing about Mattie and our experience daily, but talking about it is different. So in order to craft a logical message, I will have to think it through. Dig through photos and also provide videos. I RARELY if ever look at Mattie videos. Videos somehow seem more real than photos. But in order to convey what Mattie was like and how he was affected by cancer, videos are needed. Frankly I remember taking more photos of Mattie in the hospital than videos, but I will begin digging through my electronic files. Unfortunately Mattie's journey was before i-phones, so taking photos and videos back then were a bit more challenging. Nonetheless, I always had my trusty camera in hand. Thankfully I did, otherwise there would have been many lost moments, never to be seen or heard again. 

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