Mattie Miracle 9th Annual Walk & Family Festival -- Raised over $97,000

Mattie Miracle Cancer Foundation Promotional Video

Thank you for keeping Mattie's memory alive!

Dear Mattie Blog Readers,

It means a great deal to us that you take the time to write to us and to share your thoughts, feelings, and reflections on Mattie's battle and death. Your messages are very meaningful to us and help support us through very challenging times. To you we are forever grateful. As my readers know, I promised to write the blog for a year after Mattie's death, which would mean that I could technically stop writing on September 9, 2010. However, at the moment, I feel like our journey with grief still needs to be processed and fortunately I have a willing support network still committed to reading. Therefore, the blog continues on. If I should find the need to stop writing, I assure you I will give you advanced notice. In the mean time, thank you for reading, thank you for having the courage to share this journey with us, and most importantly thank you for keeping Mattie's memory alive.

As Mattie would say, Ooga Booga (meaning, I LOVE YOU)! Vicki and Peter

The Mattie Miracle Cancer Foundation celebrates its 7th anniversary!

The Mattie Miracle Cancer Foundation was created in the honor of Mattie.

We are a 501(c)(3) Public Charity. We are 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. Please visit the website at: and take some time to explore the site.

We have only gotten this far because of people like yourself, who have supported us through thick and thin. So thank you for your continued support and caring, and remember:

.... Let's Make the Miracle Happen and Stomp Out Childhood Cancer!

A Remembrance Video of Mattie

Random Shots of Mattie, Family and Friends

May 7, 2012

Monday, May 7, 2012

Monday, May 7, 2012

Tonight's picture was taken in May of 2009. I took Mattie for a walk with my mom in his radio flyer. Mattie asked Linda (his Child Life Specialist) for a radio flyer of his own. He loved the ones in the Hospital, and really wanted one of his own for home. Though Mattie never confided in me as to why he made this request, as him mom, I suspected it was because he preferred going on walks around our neighborhood in something OTHER than a wheelchair. He wanted to look more normal. Linda found a way to make Mattie's wish a reality, and this radio flyer remains with us today outside on our deck.

Quote of the day: Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal. My strength lies solely in my tenacity.  ~ Louis Pasteur

I love Pasteur's quote, there is something to be said for TENACITY. Or as I call it.... being pleasantly persistent. I spent a good chunk of today working on Walk related items. At lunch time, I met a few of Ann's friends for lunch. One of her friends is in my zumba class and her son has Crohn's disease. Today's lunch was a fundraiser for this illness. For me it is always challenging to be in a group of women who are moms, and who know each other as moms. The natural tendency is to talk about kids, families, and mom-related activities. Though I am not an active mom now, I can understand the topics they were discussing because I know what kind of time and energy it takes to be a parent. It seems like amazing irony while others are talking about parenting, I have to sit back and accept that I no longer have a kid to nurture. My nurturing instead has to occur through a 501c3!

One of the highlights of my day was receiving a package from my friend and colleague, Nancy. Nancy sent me a Willow Tree Angel. Specifically the angel is called, the Angel of Freedom.... allowing dreams to soar. I do not know if Nancy realizes I collect these angels. This collection was started by my friend Margaret. Margaret was Mattie's preschool teacher, and she gave me my first angel. From there, my collection has grown. I have had students over the years give me angels too, and like Nancy, they did not realize I collected Willow Tree angels. Rather interesting, no? My angels sit on my kitchen window sill. Nancy's angel, has a metal butterfly sitting in her hand. A symbolic reminder of my Mattie! I will always associate this Angel of Freedom with our 2012 foundation walk and my desire to observe butterflies (which in my mind a butterfly's beauty captures the spirit of Mattie).

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