Spreading Hope Through Psychosocial Support™
To live in the hearts of others...
is to never die.
- Carl Sagan
Mattie Miracle Cancer Foundation is 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.
Mattie Miracle builds awareness of childhood cancer in the general public, in our lawmakers who determine where the hundreds of billions of dollars go each year, and in the medical profession who have direct contact with children who have cancer. Cancer is a devastating disease for a child, and it is heart breaking and challenging at times for a family and community to know how to support a child through this journey.
When childhood cancer strikes a child, the best medical care we can offer children entails months and years of intense treatment and pain. The aftermath of such treatments can leave children with intense disappointment, sadness, mental health issues and in some cases secondary cancers, and death. Although some children are lucky enough to survive this ordeal, they are left with a lifetime of impairments and complications such as the mental and emotional trauma of having faced and survived cancer.
Mattie Miracle intends to make a difference. We will reach as many children as we can and commit and dedicate ourselves to the vision of a world that has access to a minimum level of psychosocial support from the time of diagnosis, through survivorship, or end of life and bereavement care. A world in which children and their families have access to psychological, emotional, and social support necessary to navigate the day to day cancer journey.
Mattie Miracle seeks to address the psychosocial issues associated with childhood cancer head on, and we will not stop until we have made these issues a priority alongside the medical care of the disease. Using awareness campaigns and education, support services, coordinated care and research, we believe we will make a difference, and help children and their families manage and cope with childhood cancer so they not only live to tell the tales of how they beat cancer, but are able to do this with dignity and a high quality of life.