Mattie Miracle 8th Annual Walk & Family Festival was an $88,000 Success!!!

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 31, 2012

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Tonight's picture was taken in May of 2007. It was actually taken on Mother's Day to be exact. Peter and Mattie took me out for lunch, at Clyde's in Rockville. Mattie liked that restaurant too because of the wonderful pond in front of the restaurant. This pond was filled with frogs, turtles, and fish! A big hit for us and a wonderful diversion for a curious mind.

Quote of the day: You were born an original. Don’t die a copy. ~ John Mason

Last night Peter wasn't feeling well at all and I knew the only way to handle this was with antibiotics. So again I text messaged Bob, Ann's husband and Mattie's surgeon. Bob prescribed antibiotics for Peter, but the pharmacy near us by the beach was already closed. So I started Peter on my antibiotics, until we picked up the medication today.

Despite how Peter was feeling, he had several hours of work to do remotely. He was on conference calls for hours. While he was on the phone, Ann called me. She and I have had little to no time to catch up with each other, especially since her uncle died a week ago today. It is hard to believe that the last day of the school year for Mattie's friends is tomorrow. I am stuck with kindergarten memories and the rest of his cohort are finishing fourth grade. We missed first, second, third, and fourth grades with Mattie! How on earth does this happen?!

Later in the afternoon, Peter and I went out to lunch and then walked around the town of Bethany. Neither of us have felt very adventuresome this week, and literally spent most of our time in Ellen's house. We only went to the actual beach once! While walking through the stores at Bethany, one store caught our attention. It was a shop geared for children and if Mattie were with us, we would have absolutely lost him in this store. The store was filled with toy cars of all shapes and sizes and remote controlled helicopters. One of Mattie's absolute favorites. It is very hard to see all these things and to know that they were a part of our lives. There are absolutely times when I am down right confused about the loss of Mattie and am perplexed about whether I was ever a mother.

When we got back to Ellen's house this afternoon, I sat outside on a deck chair and literally fell asleep. When I awoke, I was greeted with this sight in the garden! I entitle this picture.... "A light snack!" This bunny clearly likes the roses we planted!

I rarely see pelicans by the Delaware shore, but this group of 6 flew right over us today.
I also want to introduce you to a robin we have nicknamed, "the King." King owns this garden and literally chases any other birds who may want to stop by, sit, or bathe in the sprinklers. We have made many friends of nature this week!

This evening, Peter and I went out for a walk. The first long walk we have taken all week. As always, no beach blog posting would be complete without a bunny sighting! Peter had me laughing since there were so many bunnies out tonight, that he finally gave up photographing them!

This evening was our first real walk on the beach. We have been too sick or wiped out for six days now to do this. The beach was beautiful, with literally perhaps four other people on it with us!

What you can't tell by this picture is the water Peter is standing in is freezing. Mind you if I were stepping into it, you would know immediately by my expression that the temperature was frigid!

As I was walking along the beach, I kept seeing these markings in the sand. EVERYWHERE! What are they? They are Crab trails, leading to huge crab holes. Fortunately I did not see the creatures associated with the holes.

After we walked the beach, I came off of the walk absolutely winded and had to sit down. Very unusual for me, but not unusual considering how congested I am.

A final beach shot to end this evening's post.

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