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Mattie Miracle Took the Plunge!
September 9, 2021
Mattie Miracle applied to Thrivent's Take the Plunge Challenge! Around 70 applications were received and we were one of the five non-profits selected to participate. We were the only non-profit representing the National Capital Area!
The Take the Plunge Challenge was on Thursday, September 9 from 8-9pmEDT. It was a live online ZOOM event. The event was hosted by the Thrivent Member Network and Groundbreaking Entrepreneurial Expert, Shark and New York Times Bestselling Author, Daymond John.
Each of the five non-profits was given four minutes to present, followed by four minutes of questioning by judges and the audience. At the end of the event, the audience voted electronically. The audience determined the winners, and the non-profit with the most votes won $10,000!
We had 200 supporters who registered for the event and voted. Thank you for helping us win $7,500 to fund our new initiative. The NEW initiative is a Psychosocial Referral and Resource Program. Our goal is to match families coping with childhood cancer to qualified mental health providers in the community and pay for up to six therapy sessions.
To read the pitch that co-founder, Victoria Sardi-Brown delivered, click on
"Perfect Pitch." This was how Daymond John described Mattie Miracle's presentation.
12th Annual Walk
May 16, 2021
Mattie Miracle's 12th Annual Walk was a huge success! Together we raised over $125,000, had participation in 50 states and 6 countries, and spread awareness that childhood cancer is NOT just about the medicine.
We are grateful to all our sponsors, supporters, and friends of the Foundation. Thanks to you we are able to continue providing direct support of children with cancer and their families, as well as change the way psychosocial care is provided to children around the country.
Check out our video to see the energy from the virtual walk and how our supporters turned the USA orange.
Importance of Community Partnerships
February 2, 2021
Mattie Miracle is grateful for Kearney & Company's generosity and support since 2015. Every Fall, Kearney & Company hosts a poker tournament to benefit Mattie Miracle. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the the poker tournament was converted into a virtual trivia night. On December 17, 2020, the co-founders of the Foundation were invited to the virtual trivia night to give a greeting and to thank our long time sponsor for their annual support.
Virtually we had the opportunity to meet Brian Kearney, the COO of the company, and over 100 participants at the event. Brian shared the exciting news that Kearney & Company is contributing $10,000 to the Foundation to support our amazing work. In addition, Kearney & Company wanted us to know that they are committed to the cause for the long-term. Mattie Miracle is proud to partner with a company that has such a big heart and is committed to making a difference in the lives of children with cancer and their families.
It was a very moving experience for Mattie Miracle as we received numerous chat messages that evening from participants, such as:
Thanks for all that you do!
Honored to be remembering Mattie tonight.
What an incredible way to change the world.
Thank you for being a positive force!
You are superheroes.
Kearney & Company makes the Mattie Miracles possible. We realize community service is a vital part of Kearney & Company's culture and we are thankful they have chosen to partner with Mattie Miracle.
Committed to Direct Support
The Foundation donated $46,000 to Children's Hospital at Sinai (Baltimore, MD) to support our endowed Mattie Miracle Child Life Program Fund. This is our second endowed Fund that we have established, as the first was created in 2011, at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital (Washington, DC). To date, we have contributed over $300,000 to these Funds to directly support children with cancer and their families.
The Mattie Miracle Child Life Program Fund pays the salary of Adina Levitan, a child life professional at Children’s Hospital at Sinai. Adina works one on one with 200 patients and families a year and through the Mattie Miracle Snack & Item Cart, provides snacks, treats and toiletries annually to 1,500 families caring for children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.
Child life specialists are pediatric health care professionals who work with children and families in hospitals to help them cope with the challenges of hospitalization, illness, and disability. They provide children with age-appropriate preparation for medical procedures, pain management, coping strategies, and play and self-expression activities. In addition, these professionals provide information, support, and guidance to parents, siblings, and other family members.
Child life services are associated with improved quality, outcomes, and patient and family experiences as well as decrease costs in pediatric care. There is evidence that child life services help to contain costs by reducing the length of stay, decreasing the need for sedation and analgesics, and increasing patient satisfaction ratings. Patient experience data and interdisciplinary team member feedback further confirm the positive effects of child life programs on children, families, and staff.