Spreading Hope Through Psychosocial Support



Mattie taught us that 

childhood cancer 

is not just about the medicine SM.

 



Our Story


The Mattie Miracle Cancer Foundation is a 501(c)(3) Public Charity (EIN: 27-1238358), founded by Peter and Victoria Brown, in the loving memory of Mattie, their seven-year-old son who died, in September of 2009, after 14 months of treatment for osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer. We are the only national non-profit dedicated to psychosocial awareness, advocacy, research, and support of children with cancer. 


In May of 2009, Mattie's support community  

organized and hosted the "Mattie March." The Mattie March was an outdoor event, held on the track at his school, to honor Mattie and to show that his support community loved him and rallied around his recovery. The Mattie March was so successful and meaningful, that the Mattie Miracle Cancer Foundation decided to continue the tradition by hosting its Walk & Family Festival each May. The Walk is designed to increase awareness of the importance of psychosocial care in cancer treatment and to raise funds, which directly support our work. 


Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Mattie Miracle Walk was transformed into a virtual event in 2020, with participation in 50 states and 8 countries. We invite you to walk virtually with us on Sunday, May 16 (10am to noon, in your time zone). It is as easy as Walk, Snap (a photo), and Post (on our social media platforms). All event proceeds support our psychosocial initiatives and programs, and are not used for overhead and administrative costs.  

 


Instagram Highlights from 2020 Walk



See It For Yourself


Is this your first year participating? Check out our 2020 video to see why Mattie Miracle has the best supporters!



FAQs

The Virtual Walk is designed to enhance awareness of the psychological and social needs of children with cancer and their families. Our goal is to raise $100,000. The Walk raises 85% of our budget which covers the cost of our psychosocial programs and initiatives for childhood cancer. These funds are not used for administrative or operating costs of the Foundation.

The Virtual Walk Proceeds Support the: 

Proceeds do NOT support Foundation overhead or administrative costs.

  1. Register as an individual walker or a team member and help us raise funds for childhood cancer. Walk registration is tax-deductible. 
  2. All participants will be a given a free webpage to help raise funds and to spread our psychosocial message to your friends and family.
  3. Participants who raise $1,000, will receive 10 free Mattie Miracle raffle tickets and participants who raise $2,500 or more will receive 30 free Mattie Miracle raffle tickets.
  4. On May 16, track steps between 12:01am to 12:00pm (in your time zone).
  5. You can track your steps using any app that you wish or even use a simple pedometer.
  6. Take photos and celebrate that you are making the Mattie Miracles possible! Tag us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook and use the hashtag #MMCFWALK so we can share your accomplishments!
  7. You can purchase raffle tickets until May 15 at 11:59pm (EDT). Raffle winners will be announced on Facebook Live on May 16 at 12:30pm (EDT). Prizes will be mailed to winners. 
  8. To qualify for a top walker prize, please send us a photo with the total number of tracked steps shown on your device by 12:00pm (in your time zone). Photos should be posted on Mattie Miracle's Facebook page or email them to: admin@mattiemiracle.com. 
  9. The top three walkers with the greatest number of steps will win a prize (prizes will be mailed to recipients). Winners will also be announced on Mattie Miracle's Facebook page on Monday, May 17 at 9am (EDT). 

You can create a team with two or more people. This is a great way to raise the funds you have set as a goal. All team members will have access to the fundraising resources.

Prizes are given to top walkers with the most steps counted on May 16th from 12:01am to 12:00pm (in your time zone). To qualify for a prize, you will need to send us a photo with the total number of tracked steps shown on your device by 12:00pm (in your time zone). Photos should be posted on Mattie Miracle's Facebook page or email them to: admin@mattiemiracle.com.


Prizes this year:

  • 1st Prize for kids/teens: Fitbit & 1st Prize for adults: Bose Noise Cancelling Wireless Headphones
  • 2nd Prize: Fitbit Inspire 2
  • 3rd Prize: $50 Amazon Gift Card

Yes! Mattie Miracle appreciates your efforts in raising funds for our work. This year we will be rewarding your efforts with free tickets to the Mattie Miracle raffle

  • Raise $1,000 for Mattie Miracle, receive 10 free Mattie Miracle raffle tickets 
  • Raise $2,500 or more, receive 3free Mattie Miracle raffle tickets

Yes. Since the Walk is virtual, and you are not participating in an actual event, all Walk registration fees are tax-deductible. 

Sponsors

PRESENTING SPONSOR

$10,000 Level

Kearney & Company - Proud sponsor of the Mattie Miracle Walk since 2015.

Anthem -- Titanium Sponsor

$5,000 Level

Anthem - Proud sponsor of the Mattie Miracle Walk since 2018. 

Barbara and Don Brown -- Titanium Sponsor

$5,000 Level

As Mattie's paternal grandparents, we are proud to sponsor the Mattie Miracle Walk since 2010.

Children’s Hospital at Sinai -- Platinum Sponsor

$2,500 Level

Children’s Hospital at Sinai - Proud sponsor of the Mattie Miracle Walk since 2017.

Inovalon -- Platinum Sponsor

$2,500 Level

Inovalon - Proud sponsor of the Mattie Miracle Walk since 2015.

Fairlington Dental -- Gold Sponsor

$1,000 Level

Fairlington Dental - Proud sponsor of the Mattie Miracle Walk since 2015.

Ostendio -- Gold Sponsor

$1,000 Level

Ostendio -- Proud sponsor of the Mattie Miracle Walk since 2016.

Jane and Paul Pisano -- Gold Sponsor

$1,000 Level

Proud sponsor of the Mattie Miracle Walk since 2010.

Results Direct -- Gold Sponsor

$1,000 Level

Results Direct -- Proud sponsor of the Mattie Miracle Walk since 2016.

Chris Lantos Foundation -- Silver Sponsor

$500 Level

Chris Lantos Foundation -- Proud sponsor of the Mattie Miracle Walk since 2017.

The Goodhart Group -- Silver Sponsor

$500 Level

The Goodhart Group - Proud sponsor of the Mattie Miracle Walk since 2016.

Elevation Burger -- Bronze Sponsor

$250 Level

Elevation Burger -- Proud sponsor of the Mattie Miracle Walk since 2017.

Robert & Tyler -- Bronze Sponsor

$250 Level

Robert & Tyler -- Proud sponsor of the Mattie Miracle Walk since 2018.

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Meet the Organization

The Mattie Miracle Cancer Foundation believes every child with cancer, and their family, should receive an optimal level of Psychosocial Care and Support, from the date of diagnosis, throughout treatment, into survivorship, or end of life and bereavement care.  Our Mission is dedicated to enhancing psychosocial awareness, advocacy, and research of childhood cancer and increasing access to quality psychological and social support throughout the cancer journey, to improve health outcomes and enhance quality of life.

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