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

June 8, 2021

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Tuesday, June 8, 2021 -- Mattie died 610 weeks ago today.

Tonight's picture was taken in June of 2009. We were at Mattie's 7th birthday party! In fact, that year, he celebrated twice. Once at the hospital, on his actual birthday, and a second time at a friend's house. At my friend's house, Reptiles Alive came to do a meet and greet with the animals. As you can see, Mattie was having an encounter with a snake. I wanted nothing to do with this creature, which I think only inspired Mattie further to touch it!

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

  • Number of people diagnosed with the virus: 33,388,341
  • Number of people who died from the virus: 598,359

Last night, I was looking through a magazine I brought back from Martha's Vineyard. While flipping through the pages, I saw this photo! I immediately stopped in my tracks, because this was the hotel room I stayed in! Well the second room that is, the one I was able to get us upgraded into! It was a spectacular space with three bedrooms, two baths, a covered porch, and all on one level. 

The highlight of my day was meeting friends at Barca Wine Bar & Pier. This is a new restaurant in Alexandria, VA. I love trying new restaurants and I admit I love being by the water. So this seemed like a good spot to celebrate a birthday today. 

It was another busy day. I started at 6am. One of the things I am involved in, is I am part of the research team working on a proposal for a government grant. The team has weekly phone calls. The research proposal is focused on designing a study to help implement the psychosocial standards of care. It is a fascinating process to see such a large study be designed from the ground up and to be able to work with this distinguished team. Two of the researchers have been on this journey with us since 2012, when we held the first psychosocial symposium on Capitol Hill. 

Meanwhile, tomorrow we close on the house. We are doing a walk through of the house at 9am, sign paperwork at 10am, and then go back to the house with the previous owners for a personal tour of the property. This gives us a chance to ask questions and understand how things work. The previous owners seem like lovely individuals and in addition to having a tour with them, they have left several items in the house for us at no charge. Things like TVs, armoires, and even all of their patio furniture!

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