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

February 22, 2021

Monday, February 22, 2021

Monday, February 22, 2021

Tonight's picture was taken in February of 2009. We placed a photo of Mattie in the center of his "Mr. Sun" painting. Which Mattie got a kick out of! Mattie created this large painting (4 feet by 3 feet) alongside his art teacher in November of 2008. This painting is on display in our living room and it became the inspiration for Mattie Miracle's logo. 

Quote of the day: Today's coronavirus update from Johns Hopkins.

  • Number of people diagnosed with the virus: 28,184,218
  • Number of people who died from the virus: 500,172

It was a busy day for me today! I really feel like I have made a full recovery from being sick last week. Still on antibiotics, but my energy level is back, and even though I walked Sunny in the pouring rain today, I felt like my old self again. 

My day started out with a conference call with a physician. This physician is interested in conducting a study at her hospital on clinician burnout. It was interesting to hear about her hospital, the issues they are facing, and naturally the barrier to providing support to clinicians. It always comes down to money! Which is why I imagine many hospitals have developed their own in-house peer support program to help assess, triage, and provide immediate support to colleagues.

While conversing she shared with me a story about a social worker. This social worker was employed in a prison system before coming to work with children who have cancer. She said that the social worker left the prison system because of burnout. The social worker realized there was very little she could do to improve the system or to help inmates. Yet found working with children who have cancer uplifting. Mind you I don't doubt working with children and their families is empowering, but I guess I have been reflecting all day on the fact that the SYSTEMS this social worker was employed in are similar. Whether we are talking about a prison or a hospital, there are many overlaps. Meaning it is hard to change the thinking about how care is provided in any large system. Most importantly whether working with inmates or patients, there is relapse of issues and also the lack of control to improve the quality of lives of those you serve.

So why does one setting produce burnout and the other setting (which has similar restrictions) doesn't? I don't have answers, but I think it is an interesting question. Certainly trying to prevent burnout has to be addressed at the individual, professional, and organizational levels. Perhaps there were different organizational supports for this social worker between her two jobs. But at the end of the day, I have to say that it is very empowering, life affirming, and meaningful to help people dealing with a life and death crisis like cancer. It is in this very intense set of circumstances that you develop very close relationships and connections and can see how resilience, hope, and the human spirit come shining through. There is a lot that can be learned from children with cancer, and I believe they serve as role models for all of us. They teach us priorities and ways to cope with the impossible. Though not mentioned on the phone call today, I really believe this could be a factor in this social worker's life, and could explain her resilience and satisfaction. 

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