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 9, 2019

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Tonight's picture was taken on November 10, 2007. We took Mattie to the Veteran's Day parade in Washington, DC. Getting to the parade was super easy for us, as we could walk from our home to the parade route. Mattie enjoyed being a part of the event for a bit of time but then with crowds it got overwhelming. As Mattie was like me..... we both didn't like crowds.

Quote of the day: Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity. ~ Simone Weil

Tonight's quote is perfect! We were surrounded by incredibly generous people today. Some who know us and some who just learned about the Foundation. Peter and I were at the Candy Drive from 9:30am until 7pm. Actually we have been on site since the candy drive started on November 1! Throughout the day today, volunteers came in to help us process and sort through candy! 

Volunteers came in waves and we could never have accomplished what we did today without them. 

From left to right: Deana, her son Colin, my friend Junko, Ellie (Mattie's preschool friend), my friend Carolyn, Carolyn's son Gavin, and Vicki
Junko stayed until 7pm to help us. Which made a huge difference, as we were able to get much more done together. I asked Junko to stand by the boxes FILLED with bagged candy so you could see that we literally have candy over our heads. 
Boxes, bins, containers! We are surrounded by candy. It is a massive undertaking, and we have to go back tomorrow to finish bagging the rest of the candy. We have two more deliveries tomorrow too. I wish I could say it was the end of the candy drive, but next week begin the deliveries. Which is equally taxing, because we commute all around the region and lift and carry candy. 
Our friends at Take the Stage Performance Company sorted candy for us today. We enjoy our partnership together and to me this photo captures the great energy within the group. 

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