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Mattie Miracle Praises Legislation Introduced by Van Hollen and McCaul Addressing Psychosocial Needs of Kids with Cancer

DC-Based Non-Profit Congratulates Reps. Van Hollen and McCaul for Introducing Legislation Calling for Greater Support of the Psychosocial Needs of Children and Families Dealing with Childhood Cancer.

Arlington, VA, May 13, 2011 --( Mattie Miracle Cancer Foundation commends Representatives Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Michael McCaul (R-TX), co-chairs of the Congressional Pediatric Cancer Caucus, for introducing a resolution to raise awareness, improve education, and encourage research and treatment of the psychosocial needs of children, adolescents, and young adults diagnosed with a childhood cancer and their families.

“This is a long-awaited day in the fight against pediatric cancer,” said Peter Brown, co-founder of the Mattie Foundation, which was established in memory of his son Matthew, who passed away in 2009 from Osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. “We are grateful for Congressmen Van Hollen and McCaul’s efforts to shine light on this critical, life-changing issue.”

Because pediatric cancer is a family disease, every single person in the family system is affected by the various stages of cancer progression, from the diagnosis to its treatment and prognosis. There is a great need to encourage a better understanding of the psychosocial trauma experienced by the child and family members.

“Childhood cancer is the number one cause of death by disease in children, and has an untold impact on a child’s entire family. As co-chair of the House Pediatric Cancer Caucus, I’m proud to join Congressman McCaul in introducing a bipartisan resolution that will support efforts to raise awareness, improve education, and encourage research and treatment of the psychosocial needs of children with pediatric cancer and their families,” said Congressman Chris Van Hollen (D-MD).

Having witnessed firsthand the daunting and overwhelming reality of a child diagnosed with cancer, Vicki also thanked Representatives Van Hollen and McCaul: “I appreciate their continued leadership, commitment and support for addressing psychosocial needs. This care is vital to the overall health and wellness of the family unit, the child’s outlook about treatment, and the family’s perspective on the future. I hope Congress will enact this resolution quickly, and I look forward to working with Mr. McCaul, Mr. Van Hollen and others on legislation to make real change for families.”

After Mattie passed away, Peter and Vicki created the Mattie Miracle Cancer Foundation to help build awareness and educate others about pediatric cancer as well as support the children and families who suffer from these diseases. Cancer affects about 14 of every 100,000 children in the United States each year.

Annual Pediatric Cancer Walk:
The Mattie Miracle Cancer Foundation's Annual Pediatric Cancer Walk will be held on Sunday, May 22, 2011. The purpose of the annual walk is raise awareness and support for Mattie Miracle's mission. The Mattie Miracle Cancer Foundation is dedicated to increasing Osteosarcoma and other pediatric cancer awareness, education, advocacy, research and social support services to children, their families, and medical personnel. This year’s walk will be held at the St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes Upper School Campus in Alexandria, Virginia, and registration opens at 12:00 PM.

About the Mattie Miracle Cancer Foundation:
The Mattie Miracle Cancer Foundation is a 501(c) (3) Public Charity founded by Peter Brown and Victoria Sardi-Brown, in loving memory of their seven year-old son Mattie, who died in 2009 from Osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer. Mattie Miracle is dedicated to finding better treatments for and building awareness of pediatric cancer. Our Foundation is committed to addressing the psychosocial needs of children and families living with pediatric cancer as well as educating health care providers on the impact of such a diagnosis on children and their families. Mattie Miracle believes through increased awareness, education and support, and advocating for psychosocial support and needs, we can enhance the lives of children with cancer and their families.

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