Mattie Miracle Walk & Family Festival 2019

 10th Anniversary Walk & Family Festival

Sunday, May 19, 2019

1000 St. Stephens Road, Alexandria, VA 22304


Committee Members

Peter Brown                                               . Jennifer Connors
Christine Cooper
Mary Doane
Peggy Elkind
Karen Fischer                                            Junko Funahashi
Dawnee Giammittorio
Ali Goldwater
Ann Henshaw
Larry Jenney                                                Debbie Keefe
Tina Lytle
Katie Magnuson                                      Carolyn McFadden
Don McFadden
Jane Pisano
Johnny Rivera
Mary Rivera
Victoria Sardi-Brown
Bernie Tilch
Patricia Tilch
Dave Tordella
Denise Tordella
Marisa Tordella


General Information



At registration you will receive a program,
t-shirt, drawstring bag and the opportunity to sign up for the Corn Hole Tournament.


Registration Fees:

Adults: $25
Students (12th grade and lower): $15
Virtual Walker (unable to attend): $10
Children (5 years and younger): FREE


Is Registration Required:

Yes, we ask both adults and students to register for our event as well as consider making a personal donation to Mattie Miracle. This commitment helps us continue the work we do to assist children with cancer and their families on both the local and national levels.


Where Do The Funds Go:

All funds raised go to supporting the Mattie Miracle Child Life Program Fund at local hospitals, to supply a free snack/item cart at both MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and Children's Hospital at Sinai in Baltimore, and to implement the recently published National Psychosocial Standards of Care for childhood cancer. Mattie Miracle Cancer Foundation is a 501(c)3 Public Charity and all donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.


Specifically here are examples of how contributions are used by Mattie Miracle:


$100: Fun craft or holiday activity for 10 children with cancer and their siblings

$500: Annual magazine subscriptions and books for children and teens in the hospital

$1,000: Stock free snack cart for two months for families caring for children who are hospitalized at Georgetown Hospital and Children's Hospital at Sinai

$5,000: Pediatric support group for healthcare professionals for a year

$10,000: Annual early investigator implementation research grant and award

$40,000: Child life specialist (part time) who assists 3,500 children a year

$50,000: Supports 7 implementation research grants a year


Rain or Shine Event:

Please dress appropriately for sun or rain.


Don't be afraid to dress up!!

Teams are judged on their creativity and team spirit. Therefore team members are encouraged to dress (in a family friendly manner) in a style that captures their team's identity and spirit.  

Schedule of the Day 



10:30am       Teams photos on Astroturf

10:45am       Walkers to Starting Line

11:00am       Official Walk Start 

12:00pm       Reptiles Alive Show

12:30pm       Corn Hole Competition

1:00pm         MAGIC SHOW

1:30pm         Raffle Winners Announced

2:00pm         WALK ENDS


Lunch & Treats:

Food is provided by local vendors: DC Empanadas, The Big Cheese, Rocklands, and Hershey's Ice Cream. A percentage of food and beverage sales goes to Mattie Miracle.


Walk & Challenge Wall:

Walk as an individual or part of a team!!! Come help us fill the "Challenge Wall!" With each lap you take around the track you will earn a colorful cup to place in the chain link challenge wall. Once the wall is filled.... we have met our challenge! Which means, the closer we are to funding our new initiative to create a psychological referrals program for children with cancer.  This referrals program will enable Mattie Miracle to connect qualified clinicians with children who have cancer and their families. The program will be designed to support the mental health needs of families as well as fund access to these services.   



Raffle tickets  can be purchased on-line or on the day of the event. All raffle baskets are displayed at the RAFFLE TENT located on the Astroturf. Raffle winners will be announced at 2pm on May 19th. You do not need to be present to win. 



Individual walkers and team members can raise funds for our cause! It is easy! When you register, you will automatically be given access to your own fundraising page which can be shared through email and social media sites. Top individual and team fundraisers will be awarded prizes on the day of the event. 



Prizes will be awarded during event.  Categories include:

  •  Individual Awards:
    • Top Adult Fundraiser
    • Top Teen Fundraiser
  • Walk Team Awards:
    • Top Team Fundraiser (funds raised by May 12)
    • Team with largest number of registered walkers by May 12
    • Team with most cups in challenge walk
    • Team Spirit Award



Please download the following materials to help with your fundraising goal:

  1.  Who is Mattie Miracle (an overview of the Foundation)
  2.  Team Toolkit (a guide for Team Captains)
  3. Off Line Fundraising Tracking Form


Family Festival:

The family festival is open throughout the event, 10:00am to 2:00pm. The following is available:


"It is every man's obligation to put back into the world at least the equivalent of what he takes out of it."
— Albert Einstein
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