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 27, 2012

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Tonight's picture was taken in May of 2007. Mattie was headed to his first day of summer camp at his preschool. Mattie LOVED summer camp at Resurrection Children's Center, and I had to laugh because he would enter the camp each day clean, but I would pick him up wet and full of sand. He at times looked like a sandy meatball! Mattie loved running in the water and also playing in the sandbox. I am so glad he had these wonderful, happy, and fun times and adventures. For Mattie, life was too short, so whether we knew it or not, he really had to pack in a full life in only seven years! 

Quote of the day: You must learn day by day, year by year, to broaden your horizon. The more things you love, the more you are interested in, the more you enjoy, the more you are indignant about, the more you have left when anything happens. ~ Ethel Barrymore

I am having a slow recovery, and in many ways my illness is a forced break for both Peter and I. We are learning to do very little and just try to take in fresh air, look at the ocean, and rest. I had a bad night of sleep, so I did not have a good start to the day.

Later in the morning, I went out with Peter for a car ride. Somehow that was too taxing, and we came right back to the house and stayed put. At one point, we did walk down to the beach. Peter brought a kite with him today, something he always did with Mattie by the beach, and his plan was to fly it. This kite was a nightmare, and I entitled it, "Man versus The Kite." By the way the kite won!!! It was impossible to fly. Despite our, or I should say Peter's best efforts. This kite didn't want to fly, but instead wanted to dive bomb into the sand, and catch a beach goer with it in the process. We worked with this kite for an hour. At one point we did get it up in the air for a few minutes and a crowd of people began cheering. That is how bad a sight, "Man versus Kite" was today!

Around dusk, I went outside on Ellen's deck and looked down in her driveway and garden. There I found this wonderful bunny. Typically we go walking to find bunnies, but this fellow walked to us tonight and I appreciated his visit.

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