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

January 12, 2020

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Tonight's picture was taken on January 13, 2009. We were in NYC and Mattie's art therapist got us 6 tickets to see the Lion King. We brought my lifetime friend, Karen, and Mattie's babysitter Emily (and her fiance) to the production. This was Mattie's first and only Broadway show. He absolutely loved it! After the show we were all invited back stage and had the opportunity to meet Nala, one of the leads in the musical. Nala asked us to roar and pose like a lion. Peter was holding Mattie because he was unable to walk and stand on his own. 

Quote of the day: One can choose to go back toward safety or forward toward growth. Growth must be chosen again and again; fear must be overcome again and again. ~ Abraham Maslow

This is the beauty of Sunny! I think it is an absolute riot watching him decide whether he is going to come downstairs and be with us, or stay upstairs. The motivators for him coming down the stairs are treats and walks. He knows that on the weekends, I typically spoil him with a scrambled egg while we are having breakfast. So this morning he tip toed downstairs to see if his egg was ready!
It was like spring in DC today! Too lovely to spend inside. So we took Sunny for a four mile walk and he LOVED It. It was practically 70 degrees today while walking and it was the perfect weather. 

Post walk, I had a lot of Foundation work to catch up on. We completed our Combined Federal Campaign (CFC, and it is like the United Way, but for governmental employees who wish to contribute to charities) application today. One down and so much else to do. While on the cruise, I was invited to contribute to a book chapter this month and also present at the National Academy of Sciences on January 21. Since I did not account for these things in my schedule, I am now scrambling to put ideas together as the time line for these things are weeks away.   

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